Check out our top three reads of the week connected to community development work. This week, we're reading all about unemployment versus underemployment and how those issues impact housing and homelessness, financial stability and policy.
An in-depth article in the New York Times reports on LISC’s Bridges to Career Opportunities program and how it helps low-wage earners make the jump to satisfying, living-wage jobs in careers with room for growth. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tina Rosenberg visited a flourishing program in Newark and lauds our innovative, multi-service approach in her “Fixes” column. Read on!
In a blog for the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Healthcare Quarterly, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones makes the case for pioneering partnerships between healthcare organizations and community development, uniting to upend the roots of poor health. LISC’s collaborations with ProMedica and Bon Secours Health System, among other companies, are powerful examples of how our combined assets, knowledge and experience can begin to close America’s longevity gap.
One of the most powerful ways to spur economic opportunity is to bridge the skills gap facing millions of people across the country. That’s why Citi Foundation is making the single largest private investment in LISC’s “Bridges to Career Opportunities” program to equip unemployed and underemployed individuals with industry-specific skills for living wage jobs and careers. Two U.S. senators praise the effort to support workers, which dovetails with the Opportunity Zone legislation.
Bill Taft, the longtime executive director of LISC Indianapolis, has been named senior vice president of economic development for LISC and will be spearheading our work to grow enterprises and create jobs in the places that need them. In the following Q&A, he talks strategy, practice and what it takes to build inclusive local economies in real life.