DeSales Community Housing Corporation
Executive: Thomas J. Pickel
Phone: (314) 776-5444
Address: 2759 Russell Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63104
DeSales Community Housing Corp. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that formed in 1976 to foster development and investment in the Fox Park and Tower Grove East neighborhoods. In 1993, following a strategic planning process, DeSales began developing affordable multi-family housing as a means to stabilize and improve that critical sector of the neighborhood housing market.
In 2005 DeSales took the step to form its own property management company, Fox Grove Management LLC, to manage its portfolio of 214 affordable and market-rate apartments. In the following years, as Fox Grove gained experience and skill in the management business, DeSales began considering opportunities to grow the management company in a way that was consistent with its commitment to neighborhood improvement and affordable housing.
In 2009 Fox Grove entered into a management agreement with Northside Community Housing, Inc. to manage 63 affordable homes that the non-profit owns in The Ville neighborhood of north St. Louis. Since then Fox Grove has taken on management of additional units for Northside, including the 40-unit Dick Gregory Place Apartments completed in 2011. That project was developed by Northside in partnership with The Greater Ville Neighborhood Preservation Commission.
In 2010 DeSales was approached by two non-profits that each owned small affordable multi-family properties in the Carondelet neighborhood in far south St. Louis. DeSales agreed to acquire the properties and Fox Grove would manage them. Today Fox Grove manages over 400 multi-family units. The management business has allowed DeSales to build working relationships with other community-based organizations and it provides significant support to DeSales and its mission.