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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.
Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, Maurice Jones, LISC’s CEO and president, reflects on the parallels between our 20-year partnership with the NFL Foundation and his own experiences playing high school football. The 350 fields we’ve created with the NFL Grassroots Program make clear that the value of playing fields extends well beyond the importance of physical fitness: they provide space for youth development, bring communities together, and nurture transformative relationships.
Official unemployment rates may be low, but they don’t reflect the number of people out of the workforce, underemployed or lacking the skills to get good jobs. “We need to disaggregate these numbers,” LISC CEO Maurice Jones said in a front page article in The Guardian newspaper. By 2025, the US will have 16 million ‘middle skill’ positions in need of workers, Jones explained, noting “[t]hat’s not going to happen organically.” Training and connections to opportunity are imperative to lift everyone’s boat.
In an op-ed for USA Today, Suzanne Anarde, vice president of Rural LISC, challenges readers on their assumptions about manufactured housing, like the kind she grew up in. We know manufactured housing is a vital element of disaster recovery. But did you know it's the country’s largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing and, with the right policy and financing changes, a quality factory-built home can help close America’s affordable housing gap?