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Photos from Greater Newark LISC's most memorable moments of 2014.
LISC is proud to share the news that our partnership with Capital One and the Capital One Foundation continues into 2015. Capital One has recently awarded a series of grants to support programs to strengthen the financial capability and assets of low-income people across Houston, rural Louisiana, and Newark. Funding will also advance the creation of affordable housing in Houston, rural Louisiana, New York City and Washington, D.C. In addition, Capital One resources will help LISC deliver training designed to build the capacity of affordable housing developers in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. LISC is grateful for the sustained commitment of Capital One and the Capital One Foundation, important partners in our work for more than 20 years.
We live in a world where data drives understanding. And yet, we’ve been sorely lacking data when it comes to valuing comprehensive community development. We can easily describe projects and programs and talk at length about responsive plans and creative partnerships, but it has been difficult to quantify how these efforts all come together to drive fundamental, lasting change. In short: Do people really live better in the places where LISC works? The answer is yes.
Greater Newark LISC has been working with and supporting the Urban Essex Coalition for Smart Growth in its efforts to shape development around five commuter rail stations in Essex County, New Jersey: East Orange, Brick Church, Orange, Highland Avenue, and Newark Broad Street. The ultimate goal is to create communities with a wide range of housing choices, vital commercial districts, and vibrant public spaces that support the area’s extensive rail and bus system, provide greater access for pedestrians and bicyclists within the corridor, and more effectively connect the transit hubs to surrounding communities.
LISC knows that in order to implement sustainable and effective change in underserved communities, resident engagement is key. That’s why in 2014 Greater Newark LISC embarked on a mission to strengthen the skills and leadership potential of residents in Newark and beyond.
Over the next eighteen months Greater Newark LISC will work with the Urban League of Essex County, the Cornwall Center, the Newark Police Department and the Fairmount Heights Neighborhood Associate to study, plan, and implement strategies to make conditions safer in Fairmount.
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