- About Us
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Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) equips communities with the capital, strategy, and know-how to become places where people can thrive. Working with local leaders, we invest in affordable housing, health, education, public safety and employment – all basic needs that must be tackled so that progress in one area is not undermined by neglect in another.
As part of a national organization with deep local roots, LISC Boston is uniquely positioned to share resources, best practices, and innovations with the communities we serve. We provide funding, financing, and technical assistance to community development corporations (CDCs), nonprofit developers, grassroots organizations, as well as policy and advocacy organizations throughout Massachusetts.
On January 14, 2019, LISC Boston released a report summarizing Impact Lending, a small business lending pilot that LISC launched in 2016 in partnership with Northeastern University. The report summarizes what we learned and spotlights our borrowers. We invite you to read the report, share your thoughts with us, and work with us to build a Boston where more small, minority- and women-owned businesses thrive, grow and power a diverse, equitable economy.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation Boston hosted their third annual pitch contest for early-stage startups owned by women and minority entrepreneurs last week in Dorchester, awarding up to $12,500 in cash prizes sponsored by Citizens Bank.
LISC participated in the working group that led to the Building Communities of Promise and Possibility report. The focus is on decaying housing and weak markets, mostly gateway cities but not exclusively. There is a legislative agenda in here that involves technical fixes and requests for resources. MassInc held a legislative breakfast where Housing leaders gathered with members of the Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus on Wednesday January 9, 2019. One theme that emerged from the housing discussion was the work on owner-occupied 1-3 family and small rental development repair/rehab.