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Our work to build stronger, more sustainable communities is guided by a larger vision of community development. Since 1990, we have invested more than $200 million in Detroit's neighborhoods to create good places to live, do business, and play. The key to our success has been our expanded vision of community development.
The projects we invest in are creating jobs, making communities safer, providing new educational opportunities, and helping families enter the economic mainstream of American life. They are creating new hope in neighborhoods where hope and opportunities have been in short supply for far too long.
We've announced a bold new community investment strategy that includes $75 million to finance thousands of affordable homes, businesses and jobs in underserved Detroit neighborhoods.
Developing the right skills to compete in growing employment sectors is critical to families and to local economies. But what really works to build up long-term financial stability? LISC’s Chris Walker takes a look at the outcomes of research on workforce development programs—especially those that bundle education, training and placement with a broader array of financial counseling—and finds compelling evidence for how to help low-wage workers move past employment barriers and into new opportunities.
In 2013, LISC helped Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) complete the multi-year renovation of the historic Bell Building, a $50 million project that provides permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals in Detroit.
There’s burgeoning public support for mass transit all across the country. But to create livable neighborhoods along transit corridors that connect people with opportunity demands inclusive transit-oriented development. Our mandate, writes Maurice Jones, CEO of LISC, is to help ensure that everyone benefits from the prosperity coming down the line.
Apart from transit itself, it takes a constellation of assets like affordable housing, thriving businesses, community space, arts and culture to make a transit neighborhood tick. This year's Rail~Volution conference in Denver, CO, which brings together transit and development practitioners from across the U.S., will highlight what it takes to make TOD inclusive. So that transit neighborhoods benefit all residents, new and old. The photo series below shows some of the facets of LISC's equitable TOD work across the country.