Houston LISC

Houston LISC transforms distressed urban neighborhoods into healthy sustainable communities - good places to work, do business and raise children.

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Welcome to Houston LISC!

Houston LISC takes a holistic approach towards community development, one that focuses on all aspects of a sustainable community to make it a good place to live, do business, work and raise families. We are the Houston site of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation's largest community development organization.

LISC’s collaborative methods address the aspects of a sustainable community at every level, from building the leadership skills of neighborhood leaders to running a network of Financial Opportunity Centers that help with employment and financial literacy.

LISC brings resources – grants, loans, technical assistance, national expertise and training – to local neighborhoods and engages law makers on city-wide redevelopment policies to support sustainable development.

We help neighbors build communities.

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Financial Opportunity Centers play an important role in family financial success. Click below to learn more about our centers and their locations!

Recent News

LISC and The Beacon Recognized by Bank of America for Their Impact in Revitalizing Houston Neighborhoods and Tackling Chronic Homeless

Recent Neighborhood Builders grant caps off Bank of America’s year of giving with $1.4 million to 54 Houston nonprofits.

Creative financial counseling helps low-income families grow stronger at tax time

LISC today announced expanded funding in Houston for just that kind of bundled approach to financial counseling. Thanks to a new grant from State Farm and ongoing support from United Way THRIVE, and corporate and private foundations, six LISC Financial Opportunity Centers across the city will be able to provide a range of employment services, financial education, and planning support—including work around taxes and public benefits—to a growing number of households.

Leveraging the arts to lift and transform

In a new Huffington Post blog, LISC's Erik Takeshita chronicles his cross-country look at how arts and culture programs are helping breathe new life into low-income communities.

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Houston Highlights

Since 1989, Houston LISC and its affiliates have invested over $187 million resulting in:

  • $443 million leveraged

  • 6,538 affordable homes

  • 1.4 million sq. feet of commercial and community space

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