LISC National


History & Accomplishments

LISC was founded nationally in 1979 with the support of the Ford Foundation to develop local leadership and build strong community-based development organization. It began opening local offices across the country in the early 1980s. Today, LISC is America’s largest community development support organization.

Houston LISC launched in 1989 with the support of the United Way of Greater Houston, Private Sector Initiatives (now Rebuilding Together Houston) and several other corporate partners. Local philanthropy and community leaders were eager to see a solutions-oriented approach to community revitalization. Houston was ready to begin supporting community led development and turned to LISC for assistance to build local capacity.

Houston LISC has invested
$363 million
since 1989
$887 million
in Houston communities
Resulting in
more than 9,200
affordable homes

In 2007, Houston LISC expanded its original cornerstone strategy from investing in affordable homes and real estate to a robust, comprehensive model of community development called Building Sustainable Communities. Through this approach, LISC launched two new programs in 2009 — Great Opportunities (GO) Neighborhoods and Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs).

In 2015, Houston LISC launched the Houston Catalyst Fund – a multi-million dollar effort to jumpstart and preserve affordable housing developments in neighborhoods near light rail stop, employment centers and investment areas.