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In Houston, LISC has been at the forefront of helping troubled neighborhoods recover from both long-standing blight and devastating natural disasters. In 2009, our Building Sustainable Communities efforts focused on two pilot neighborhoods—Near Northside and Independence Heights, where we connected residents with other stakeholders, supported Quality-of-Life planning and tackled early action projects. That included expanding our national Financial Opportunity Center network to Houston neighborhoods, with work on our first center beginning in 2009 for a 2010 grand opening. The center is designed to help Near Northside residents stabilize their financial future by building both income and assets. We also worked closely with The Home Depot Foundation to help low-income families recover from Hurricane Ike’s devastation. We delivered both financial and volunteer support that helped homeowners restore lingering damage from destructive wind and driving rain. As it is in neighborhoods across the country, Building Sustainable Communities—which we call Great Opportunities Neighborhoods (GO Neighborhoods) in Houston—is flexible, responsive and decidedly local. Here, it continues to support disaster recovery, even as we pursue programs focused on housing, schools, economic development, and family financial security.

Cumulative Statistics

  • $117,478,930
    in total investments
    (LISC and affiliates)
  • 5,677 affordable homes and apartments
  • 764,718 square feet of retail and community space
  • $287,463,113 leveraged

2009 Statistics

  • $9,195,933
    in total investments
    (LISC and affiliates)
  • 305 affordable homes and apartments
  • 30,000 square feet of retail and community space
  • $14,642,849 leveraged


Private Sector Support

  • Alliance for Nonprofit Management
  • Amegy Bank
  • Laura Bailey
  • Bank of America
  • Barlovento
  • Capital One
  • Citi Foundation
  • Emerson Electric Company
  • The Frees Foundation
  • Nancy Frees Fountain
  • Frost Bank
  • Patricia L. Garris
  • Faheem Hameed
  • Hitachi
  • The Home Depot Foundation
  • Houston Endowment Inc.
  • IBM
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • NFL Youth Football Fund
  • Rockwell Fund, Inc.
  • The Simmons Foundation
  • State Farm
  • Brian Stoker
  • Amanda Timm
  • United Way of Greater Houston
  • The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Wells Fargo

Public Sector Support

  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development