This month we celebrate Black History Month, reflecting on the current state and future of the community development sector with a focus on racial equity. Joining Maurice and Morgan this month is Michael McAfee, President and CEO of PolicyLink, a dynamic leader in the advancement of equity work. McAfee echoes the fundamental nature race has continued to play in structurally designing outcomes for communities of color. The conversation explores what it means to be purposeful in incorporating racial equity lens in community development work, with and on behalf of communities across America.
LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones and Diane Yentel, CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, make the imperative case for two key housing programs in an op-ed for Affordable Housing Finance. As a new nominee is poised to take charge of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, they write, we must absolutely safeguard the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund, which have provided essential support for affordable housing creation in the midst of the affordability crisis.
We are kicking off 2019 with the launch of a new multi-sector fund, The Partnership for the Bay’s Future - a collaborative regional investment and policy effort to respond to housing needs and support vibrant communities of racial and economic inclusion across the Bay Area. Hear more about its launch and the coalition efforts it took to bring these funds about, from Maurice A. Jones, Morgan Harper, and LISC Bay Area’s Executive Director, Cynthia Wong.
In an op-ed for The Mercury News, Elliot Schrage, a VP with Facebook, and LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones describe how the combination of well-oiled partnerships, sufficient capital and supportive legislation is the key to making inroads in the Bay Area's housing crisis—which is what a new $500 million fund and collaboration called Partnership for the Bay’s Future strives to achieve. Quoting Matthew Desmond's influential book "Evicted," the authors emphasize how urgent this work is for the health of our society and economy: without a stable, safe home, "everything else falls apart."
A new LISC white paper examines the ways current federal immigration policy is affecting immigrant residents across the country, and how our nonprofit partners are responding to meet the needs, and address the fear, of immigrants and their families. In the blog below, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones and David Greenberg, our head of research and lead author of the report, weigh in on why supporting the wellbeing and prosperity of immigrant communities—and of the agencies that serve them—is in every American’s best interest.