LISC National
What We Do

Healthy Neighborhoods

Through our Healthy Neighborhoods initiatives, we work to improve health outcomes for low income New Yorkers.  

In recent years, we have implemented diverse strategies to improve the health of both people and places in New York communities.  Our Two Shades of Green program supports community organizations to create green, healthy and safe affordable housing.  From 2014-18, we led Communities for Healthy Food, which helped five community-based organizations to develop and expand places in their neighborhoods to access healthy, affordable foods – like grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and client choice food pantries – and educate community members about nutrition.  We’ve taken the lessons we’ve learned from each of these programs, and are now convening partners from the community development and health care sectors to collaborate with one another to create healthier environments in low income communities.  

The Two Shades of Green program includes painting stairwells with vibrant murals by local artists to encourage residents to take the stairs -- a healthy and energy efficient addition to the building.
The Two Shades of Green program includes painting stairwells with vibrant murals by local artists to encourage residents to take the stairs -- a healthy and energy efficient addition to the building.

Our Healthy Neighborhoods programs help our community development partners to improve the well-being of the neighborhoods they serve, from Mt. Eden in the Bronx, to East New York in Brooklyn. We’re committed to helping people get the resources they need to become—and stay—healthy.

LISC NYC Resources
Communities for Healthy Food Toolkit
Guide to Green and Healthy Multi-Family Affordable Housing
Two Shades of Green 2018 evaluation
Evaluation of Communities for Healthy Food