History, Mission & Board


Court Street Village Non-Profit Housing Corporation (CSVNP) was organized in 1986 by a small group of members of Court Street United Methodist Church (CSUMC) to provide housing for persons with low or moderate income in Flint, Michigan. In 1989, CSVNP received approval as a 501c)3 non-profit corporation from the Internal Revenue Service.

CSUMC changed plans and refurbished its original church building and used the 12.5 acres of property it held on East Court Street near Lapeer Road to construct two senior apartment buildings.
Initial financial support for CSVNP came from CSUMC & St. Joseph Hospital.  Court Street Village Nonprofit was the first in the State of Michigan to use of low income housing tax credits for construction of Court Street Village (CSV) East, a 150 unit senior apartment building in downtown Flint. It opened in 1990 and offered affordable rents for seniors age 55 or older and featured one and two bedroom apartments. CSV West, a 106 unit senior apartment building, was opened in 1993, and offered rent affordable to all income levels – low, moderate & market rate. 

 The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) financed the development of Avon Park, a 56 unit townhouse development which opened in 1995, two blocks from the senior campus.  It offered affordable rent for families of all income levels, low, moderate and market rate and featured two and three bedroom townhouses with attached garages. 

Also in 1994, CSVNP began a neighborhood support program for the four neighborhood associations closest to the downtown Flint area.  There are approximately 2,400 housing units in these four neighborhoods. With the assistance of an initial grant from the LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Americorp program, a neighborhood program director was hired to assist the homeowner associations in the Central Park, Fairfield Village, Grand Traverse and Carriage Town areas.
In 1995, with generous support from a local foundation, CSVNP moved its operations into a Tudor style house in the Central Park neighborhood, 727 East Street. The building has an attached auditorium ideal for neighborhood meetings and events.

The senior apartment buildings, Court Street Village East and West, were sold to a local nonprofit in 2011, and Avon Park reverted to MSHDA in 2013.  CSVNP currently focuses on two downtown Flint neighborhood associations; Central Park and Fairfield Village.  Please see the tab labeled NICE Initiative for details regarding this key program.    


       “Helping neighborhoods establish a sense of 

                                     purpose, pride and place"


2018-2019 Board of Directors

Karen Tipper - President.  Employed by Tapology.  Property owner, resident and President of the Central Park Neighborhood Association.
 Janis DeGroat - Vice President.  Retired property owner in Fairfield Village.  Chairperson of the FVNC Safety Committee and member of the FVNC Stabilizaton/Beautification Committee.  
Allen (AJ) Gamble - Treasurer.  CPA at Lewis & Knopf.
Nic Custer - Secretary.  Resident of Central Park.  Employed at UM-Flint.  Chairperson of the Central Park NICE Committee.
Lois Craig -  Retired Executive Director and Board Member of the Crim Festival of Races.  Retired fundraiser for Special Olympics. Resides in the Fairfield Village neighborhood.
Muriel Samuels - Resident of Fairfield Village.  Retired from General Motors.
Doris Sain - Past President. CSVNP Charter Member.
Zonta 2014 Hall of Fame recipient.  Received the "Making Democracy Work" award from the Women League of Voters in 2009. 
Recipient of the 2003 Nina Mills Award for significant contributions made to the community.