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"


2023 Board of Directors

Nic Custer - President.  Local resident.  Employed by UM-Flint.  Vice President of the Central Park Neighborhood Association. Chairperson of the CPNA NICE Committee.
Janis DeGroat - Vice President.  Retired property owner and Vice President of Fairfield Village Neighborhood Council.  Member of the FVNC Safety/Beautification Committee and Chairperson of the Safety Committee.  
Allen (AJ) Gamble - Treasurer.  CPA at Lewis & Knopf.
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.
Mary Ohsam - Member of Court Street United Methodist Church. Retired paralegal but currently works for a local funeral home where she can use her legal and court skills.
Lavoie Maynie -  Resident of the Fairfield Village neighborhood and member of FVNC. Retired from AC Spark Plug.
Laura Staudacher -  Resident of Fairfield Village and past president of FVNC. Employed at UM-Flint as a program manager.  
Bobbie Greer - Retired. Member of Court Street United Methodist Church.