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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Creative Placemaking

6.30.2016 - - Or, at least, part of it. Last week, some 60 community developers, artists, public officials, funders and LISC staffers came together in Providence, RI to hash out the theory and practice of “creative placemaking,” which is becoming an increasingly integral part of community development work. In the [...]

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What is LISC?

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation, known as LISC, is one of the largest organizations in the country supporting projects to revitalize communities. These include more affordable housing, better schools, safer streets, growing businesses and programs improving financial stability. We provide the capital, strategy and know-how to local groups to get this done. As a result, more than five million Americans live in stronger, thriving communities. See our reach as a national nonprofit and see how we work.

1982:
$10 million
invested
1989:
$100 million
invested
2006:
$1 billion
invested
Since 1980
$16.2 billion
total invested

$48.5 billion
total leveraged
Making Equitable Transit-Accessible Homes a Reality

In Boston, LISC and its partners have created an “accelerator” fund to spur the creation of mixed-use, affordable housing in close proximity to good public transportation. In a column for The Salem News, Bob Van Meter lays out the ways this kind of housing can reduce expenses and car use for low-income families, and opens a pathway to jobs, amenities and a better quality of life. The fund’s first project, eight historic buildings in Salem, MA undergoing a rehab, will bring those opportunities to [...]

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