As we kick off 2019, LISC is continuing to grow its investments in economic opportunity and its on-the-ground presence in communities across the country. We unveiled a new program office in Charlotte this week that will spearhead $25 million in investments over the next few years—all designed to boost affordable housing, improve economic mobility and raise standards of living in North Carolina’s largest city. Long-time community leader Ralphine Caldwell has been named executive director to lead the effort.
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.
An article in The Atlantic's Renewal Project gives props to LISC Houston's Amanda Timm and the women leaders of four other local groups partnered to repair hundreds of hurricane-ravaged homes in the ongoing wake of Harvey. Together, the collaborative is deploying a $17 million grant to make 480 houses livable again.
An article in The Washington Post details a new kind of partnership between affordable housing developers and the American Legion, a vets’ organization, to turn an old legion hall into 160 apartments, half reserved for homeless and at-risk military veterans. Says Deborah Burkart, of LISC/NEF’s Bring Them HOMES initiative, “this could be an example others follow”—under-used American Legion facilities across the country might provide a similar resource for creating safe and much-need homes for our ex-servicemen and women.
Our ten inaugural Rubinger Fellows have come to the end of their fellowship year, and our hats are off to them! In addition to the manuscripts, playbooks, poems, sermons and other creations the fellows produced to cap the year, they shared some reflections on their highlights and lessons learned as Rubinger Fellows. Watch the videos to hear what they had to say.