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Houston LISC is a local office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development support organization. With residents and partners, we forge resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. By providing capital, technical expertise and training, LISC helps to develop local leaders and invest in the creation and growth of affordable housing, local community centers, and businesses that create new jobs.
Houston LISC in collaboration with Harvey Home Repair Collaborative members Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, Houston Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together Houston, Tejano Center for Community Concerns are recipients of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, overseen by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
Houston was already facing an affordable housing crisis before Hurricane Harvey hit, but the resulting catastrophic flooding exacerbated the city’s housing predicament. How can Houston leverage the unprecedented disaster recovery resources flowing into the region to address this challenge and to become a more resilient city?
In honor of Independence Day, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones reflects on how our country has thrived and prospered thanks in large part to the contributions of immigrants. Now is a time, says Jones, to recommit to the American promise of extending opportunity to all. And to that point, we are sharing a video story about our longtime partner, the Washington D.C.-based Latin American Youth Center. For 50 years, LAYC has helped disconnected youth, U.S. born and recent immigrants, navigate the journey to adulthood, so that they can flourish and contribute to the economic and civic life of our country.
Today, Houston LISC and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research released a report highlighting key learnings and strategies from the “Building a More Resilient Housing System” event held on March 27th, 2018. The event explored how Houston is addressing the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, how other cities and regions have responded to acute disasters, and the strategies they are pursuing around long-term resilience planning.