2014 Greater Newark LISC Highlights

Photos from Greater Newark LISC's most memorable moments of 2014.

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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.


The Urban Essex Coalition For Smart Growth: February 2015 Newsletter

Click the image below for a brief summary of the January 20th Urban Essex Coaliton public forum.

For more information about the Coalition, please visit their website:  http://www.urbanessexcoalition.org/

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Capital One Supports Newark Financial Opportunity Centers

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.

The 2014 NFL Foundation Grassroots Program RFP is now available

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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.

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Spotlight: OP-ED: Let's stop fighting over PARCC testing, focus on continued student gains


In an op-ed piece with Reginald Lewis (Chad School Foundation), Urban League CEO Vivian Cox Fraser urges the public to support student success. "In lieu of fighting the use of the PARCC test, efforts must now be wisely focused on ensuring that every district, particularly those serving high percentages of historically underserved children, provide students with the tools and support to be successful on the new test." Click here to read the opinion piece on NJSpotlight.com.

Spotlight: Greater Newark LISC LAC Vice Chair explores the merits of 'Networked Governance' in rebuilding communities

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"'Networked governance,' links public leadership, innovative thinking, and community-based expertise to reduce poverty." Click here to read Dr. Roland Anglin's opinion piece on njspotlight.com.


New LISC Study: investments in low-income communities show results

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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.