Our Initiatives

Policy

What we do

Supportive public policies are critical to transforming distressed communities into vibrant places to live, work, do business and raise families. LISC recognizes the important role that the federal government plays in influencing cities, neighborhoods and communities. That's why we work with Congress and federal agencies to establish and safeguard funding sources, policies, programs and strategies that spur neighborhood revitalization in urban and rural communities throughout the country. 

We work with communities in 277 congressional districts in 46 states and DC

Our approach to public policy is driven by the needs of the low-income neighborhoods where we work, and is informed by the insight of our partners on the ground. That perspective makes us uniquely qualified to inform policymakers in Washington and promote policies that can change neighborhoods into healthy, thriving and sustainable communities. Our comprehensive approach to community development, coupled with our track record of leveraging substantial amounts of capital, has attracted support from across the political spectrum.  

Good community development policy makes projects like Winegar Estates, a 49-unit self-help housing development in Payson, UT, possible.
Good community development policy makes projects like Winegar Estates, a 49-unit self-help housing development in Payson, UT, possible.

LISC and its partners utilize a wide array of federal programs that cut across several agencies and congressional committees. Some of the federal programs that are most critical to our efforts are listed here

How we do it

  • Education: Elected officials and federal agency representatives are key to promoting LISC’s policy agenda. Our policy briefs explain the nuts and bolts of why certain federal programs are needed to keep communities strong and healthy; and we work closely with the local LISC offices to educate members of Congress about work happening on the ground. 
  • Collaboration: By participating in coalitions of industry, business and community partners, we work with our colleague organizations to develop and advance policies that better serve low-income communities.
  • Advocacy: Along with LISC’s local offices and Rural LISC members, we conduct advocacy campaigns to amplify our legislative testimonies and messages to Congress.
Aligning for Success

How government can partner with the private sector and local stakeholders to revitalize communities and spur economic mobility. 

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Contact

Matt Josephs, Senior Vice President for Policy
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