Every neighborhood is a unique tapestry—a complex system of interconnected, moving parts. That is precisely why no single solution can ever hope to address all of a struggling neighborhood’s needs. Disinvested places must be revived on multiple fronts. LISC helps residents and local organizations do just that.
We invest in overlapping program areas that reach into every corner of community life. We call it Building Sustainable Communities. It’s comprehensive, it’s effective and—most important—it’s rooted in what neighbors want for themselves, their families and the places they call home.
We support the creation of quality, affordable housing as a basic requisite of well-being—for individuals and communities. It’s the cornerstone of our mission.
Educational opportunity and choice are indispensable to progress and well-being for people and communities. That's why LISC invests in early childhood learning facilities, high quality charter school facilities and robust after-school and continuing education opportunities.
Neighborhoods flourish when residents have access to living wage jobs and goods and services they need. We invest in programs that support entrepreneurship, attract new businesses, diversify the local retail mix and stimulate employment.
A job alone is not enough. Our financial stability initiatives help people build credit and savings, hone job skills and balance the household budget, so a paycheck can pay off.
Because zip code, even more than genetic code, determines a person’s physical health, our health programming tackles many facets of neighborhood life, working to improve access to healthy food, primary health care and safe places to exercise.
Safety is a prerequisite for a vibrant neighborhood. LISC promotes partnerships and renewal efforts that reduce crime and build community at the same time.
We can’t do it alone. We partner with hundreds of local organizations who engage residents in the work of neighborhood renewal. And through training, technical assistance and funding, we help them do their best work.
We advocate for public policy at all levels of government to support community-building and investment in impoverished places. And we collect and analyze data to inform our industry and guide our work and that of our partners.