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Welcome to the Greater Newark LISC website! LISC is dedicated to helping residents transform distressed neighborhoods into sustainable communities that are good places to work, do business, and raise children. We do this by leveraging resources, galvanizing partners and serving as a conduit for community change. Please click here to learn more about us and thank you for visiting our website.  Please FOLLOW us on Twitter @LISC_Newark, and LIKE us on Facebook at Greater Newark LISC.


Thank you and happy holidays from the Executive Director

Dear Friend:

As 2014 comes to a close, we look back at a year filled with progress and promise for the future. As an intermediary, we rely on the good work of our partners to tell our story. Greater Newark LISC has been blessed to work with highly committed and deeply rooted community based organizations that work tirelessly on behalf of the residents they serve. Because of their hard work and perseverance, our 2014 program year was a successful one. The collective impact of our partners has provided thousands of children and working families with high quality preschool education, affordable housing, positive youth development, workforce development and countless other programs designed to improve the quality of life in underserved neighborhoods.

Through meaningful partnerships and collaboration, we launched new projects and reinforced old ones. We strengthened existing relationships and forged new ones. We built bridges between stakeholders and empowered residents to advocate for their communities. We laughed, cried, and celebrated the victories won. On behalf of those at National LISC and the team at the Greater Newark office, we thank you for a productive year and we look forward to the work ahead in 2015.


Rhonda A. Lewis

Executive Director

Celebrate the Season with LISC

New LISC study: investments in poor communities show results

A message from Michael Rubinger, LISC President & CEO

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.

Recent News

The Urban Essex Coalition for Smart Growth: A Look Ahead at 2015

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.

Growing Leadership, Building Community

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.

Fairmount Neighborhood Awarded Department of Justice Planning Grant

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.

Job Openening at the Urban League of Essex County

The Urban League of Essex County is looking for qualified candidates to fill the position of Safety Coordinator. Please click here for the job description and instructions on how to apply. 

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Greater Newark LISC
17 Academy Street, Suite 912
Newark, NJ  07102
Phone: 973-624-6676 

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View the 2013 National Annual Report

Our interactive 2013 Annual Report shares the results of our work across the country. 

Please click here for LISC's 2013 Annual Report.