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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.
In this week’s Stanford Social Innovation Review, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones takes a close look at the outcomes from one of the largest single-city community development efforts in the country, the decade-long New Communities Program (NCP) in Chicago. Most notable, Jones writes, is data on community networks and how closely they connect to local growth and opportunity. The evidence confirms what community developers have long assumed but previously never proven: a durable local infrastructure of nonprofits, businesses, and other stakeholders is able to both attract and absorb capital in ways that measurably improve residents’ quality of life.
The LISC/ESPN Home Court program today announced $150,000 in new grants to help organizations build or renovate quality basketball courts that contribute to the well-being of their surrounding communities. Grants will support efforts in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee and Philadelphia.
Wells Fargo is providing $2.5 million to help expand the Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s (LISC) Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) to help underemployed workers in 15 metro areas over the next three years. The grant is expected to help provide employment and training services to more than 26,000 people, with a particular focus on helping build the skills needed to advance in key local industries such as information technology and healthcare. Houston is among the selected markets to receive the grant.