Neighborhood Development Alliance (NeDA) opened its doors in 1989 as a non-profit community development corporation whose mission is to strengthen the vitality of lower-income neighborhoods within the City of St. Paul, by creating and preserving housing and business opportunities for residents of all income levels. Over the years, our services have expanded to provide a continuum of housing and financial counseling services to the Latino population in the seven county metro area.
NeDA's real estate development goal is to create quality, affordable, long-term housing in order to build a vibrant community. Our counseling program goal is to respect every individual or family who requests our services by providing professional and confidential counseling throughout the organization.
In 2001, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency recognized NeDA’s Home Improvement Loan program for Outstanding Outreach in Affordable Home Improvement. Two years later, NeDA received an Award of Recognition for its focus on preserving both human and architectural cultural heritage on Saint Paul's West Side from the Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission and the Saint Paul Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In February of 2009, we received LEED GOLD certification for the construction of the home at 132/134 Winifred Street West on Saint Paul's West Side. Sustainable Saint Paul awarded NeDA an "Excellence in Residential Green Building" recognition for the home in April of 2009.
As part of our commitment to serve the Latinos of the metro area, Centro Legal awarded NeDA an Excellence in Service Award for successfully reaching under-served populations in 2006. In order to provide professional services to the community, we became certified through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a certified counseling agency in 2009. NeDA widened our scope to Latinos statewide by collaborating with Lutheran Social Service in 2009 to provide financial counseling.
We are celebrating 25 years of service to the community this 2014 year.