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1.16.2019 -

From Vacant to Valuable: Four New Communities Eligible for Replay Grants

ESPN, Under Armour and LISC have announced that four new communities are eligible for grants through the Replay initiative to transform vacant lots into community recreation hubs. The program, which is in its second year, will award a total of $430,000 to help neighborhood groups in Atlanta, Detroit, Oakland, and Toledo ensure that sports and recreation are accessible to all residents. As LISC’s senior program director for Sports & Recreation, Beverly Smith, stated, “Our on-the-ground experience in local communities coupled with the resources and expertise of ESPN and Under Armour has been a highly successful formula for creating useful recreational spaces.”

Community-Police Partnerships Fight the Opioid Epidemic Where It Lives

A recent flurry of media coverage has shone a spotlight on the decline in opioid overdose deaths in Dayton, Ohio, a city that has been at the epicenter of the crisis. In an article for Next City, Mona Mangat, national director of LISC's Safety & Justice programs, and Matthew Perkins, a senior program officer and criminologist, parse the crucial ways a DOJ grant and technical assistance from LISC helped the community of East Dayton tackle opioid-driven crime and disorder—a local approach hundreds of communities can learn from.

1.10.2019 -

LISC’s Denise Scott Named Chair of NY Fed Board of Directors

Denise Scott, executive VP for programs at LISC, has been named chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York board of directors. Scott has served as the board’s deputy chair for the past year, and was a director prior to that. She brings 30-plus years’ experience in community development to help guide the Fed’s policy decisions and to act as a bridge between the organization and the private sector. Congratulations, Denise!

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1.08.2019 -

LISC in U.S. News & World Report: Taking Action on Health

U.S. News & World Report interviewed San Francisco Fed’s director of community development, David Erickson, about how investments in neighborhoods improve community health. A longtime LISC partner, Erickson described our teamwork with the healthcare sector as a frontline approach to viewing neighborhoods as patients, and helping boost health outcomes through holistic development and revitalization.

The Arts Can Transform Neighborhoods. The Trick Is Getting It Right.

In an article for Shelterforce, LISC DC’s Adam Kent and Erik Martinez Resly, co-director of The Sanctuaries arts organization, offer a nuanced assessment of the challenges and tremendous payoff of linking artists, community developers and residents to invigorate neighborhoods. “At their roots, both the arts and community development amplify a people’s voice,” write the authors. But clear communication and a willingness to embrace the perspectives of other stakeholders is key to building successful collaborations.