Community Wise

Matt Josephs

What the Court said on fair housing

By Matt Josephs
Senior Vice President for Policy

There was good news from the Supreme Court today. Its ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs vs. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., upheld the principle of “disparate impact,” finding that the Fair Housing Act protects against housing practices that have a discriminatory effect, even in instances where there was not a discriminatory intent. In doing so, the Court preserved a valuable tool... More[+]

Picturing the route to neighborhood health

How to build healthy communities—in plain English

If zip code trumps genetic code in determining a person's life expectancy, then we must link community development with healthcare in low-income communities. In fact, we can't afford not to. That's the message of an accessible, data-driven video that highlights how initiatives like LISC's Healthy Futures Fund make the crucial connection between quality housing and schools, living-wage jobs and good medical care—all indispensable components of a healthy neighborhood. More[+]...

The "a-ha" moment: Seeing how better communities make for better health


Helping revitalize neighborhoods through a holistic approach is LISC’s stock-in-trade. But we have come to see, in increments, how community development and health go hand in hand. In a video conference for the Build Healthy Places Network, LISC’s national program director for community health, Amy Gillman, describes her own “a-ha” moment when she began to apprehend how housing, education and income determine our well-being and longevity. More[+]...

The case for housing tax credits

The case for housing tax credits

Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) finance just about every affordable rental housing unit in the country. And while LIHTC may be an imperfect tool in the imperfect world of anti-poverty work, they are a tremendous driver of investment in low-income neighborhoods and stimulate some $9.1 billion in local income, writes Denise Scott, LISC’s executive vice president for programs, in a column for New York University’s Furman Center. Says Scott, we need to shore up support for the LIHTC program in the neighborhoods in greatest need. More[+]...