Community Wise

Colleen Flynn and Rick Luftglass

Harlem's new health hub is really cooking

By Colleen Flynn
and Rick Luftglass
Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

By some measures, Harlem is booming. Storefronts that were boarded up several years ago now host upscale restaurants like Lido, 5 & Diamond, and Melba’s. Whole Foods plans to open a store on 125th Street next year. But what are the food options for the neighborhood’s longtime, low-income residents? West Harlem still has areas of extreme poverty, and many residents... More[+]

LISC's work shines on MSNBC

Challenging but transformative—that's how LISC's Michael Rubinger, in an interview on Morning Joe, described the work of helping lift low-income neighborhoods across America. Rubinger made a case for investing in comprehensive community development, which was also highlighted in a video segment about LISC's effort to repurpose an abandoned school in Flint, Michigan into affordable senior housing. More[+]...

LISC has the right formula to help people "pull out of poverty"

Houston Financial Opportunity Center

For families who have long struggled to make ends meet, a decent job is a first step toward financial stability. But, it's only the first step. Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary takes a close look at how LISC's network of Financial Opportunity Centers connect job training and placement with long-term, one-on-one financial coaching—what she calls "the missing link"—that helps people boost their credit ratings, reduce debt and build savings. More[+]...

New Flint senior center is totally old school

Oak Street Senior Apartments

Like "making a complete circle" is how one resident of the newly opened Oak Street Senior Apartments in Flint, MI happily described her move to the repurposed building where she once attended elementary school. Responding to an aging population with very limited income, non-profit developer Communities First, with support from U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, Michigan LISC and others, converted the elegant, 19th-century Oak Street School, boarded up for 16 years, into 24 apartments complete with essential supports for senior living. More[+]...