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Summary: San Diego LISC (PDF)

Building Sustainable Communities is powerful in part because it creates innovative local partnerships to respond to unique community needs. In San Diego, where LISC’s Neighborhoods First Initiative is our local Building Sustainable Communities framework, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is among the LISC partners helping low-income families build financial security. IRC’s Refugee Entrepreneurial Agriculture Program (REAP), for instance, is an agricultural business development incubator program supported by LISC in the Colina Park neighborhood of City Heights, one of our Neighborhoods First communities. The program capitalizes on the agrarian backgrounds of the refugee populations living in the area, providing participants with focused technical assistance in agricultural business operations as well as access to local agricultural land. At the LISC-supported New Roots Community Farm in City Heights, some of the REAP participants farm crops mainly for their own consumption. But, as the demand for organic, local food has grown, they have expanded to five more acres of secured land at a nearby organic farm in the Pauma Valley, where they will grow produce to sell at local farmers markets, restaurants, and community supported agriculture programs.

Cumulative Statistics

  • $158,519,364
    in total investments
    (LISC and affiliates)
  • 5,212 affordable homes and apartments
  • 916,807 square feet of retail and community space
  • $718,046,324 leveraged

2009 Statistics

  • $1,058,500
    in total investments
    (LISC and affiliates)


Private Sector Support

  • Bank of America
  • California Bank & Trust
  • The California Endowment
  • Citi Foundation
  • Comerica Bank
  • Joseph M. Horiye
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Kasperick Family
  • NFL Youth Football Fund
  • Northern Trust
  • Pacific Western Bank
  • The San Diego Foundation
  • San Diego National Bank
  • Sempra Energy Foundation
  • State Farm
  • Union Bank of California
  • U.S. Bank
  • The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Wells Fargo

Public Sector Support

  • City of San Diego
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • County of San Diego
  • San Diego Housing Commission
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development