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."
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.
In honor of Independence Day, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones reflects on how our country has thrived and prospered thanks in large part to the contributions of immigrants. Now is a time, says Jones, to recommit to the American promise of extending opportunity to all. And to that point, we are sharing a video story about our longtime partner, the Washington D.C.-based Latin American Youth Center. For 50 years, LAYC has helped disconnected youth, U.S. born and recent immigrants, navigate the journey to adulthood, so that they can flourish and contribute to the economic and civic life of our country.
In part 2 of the discussion on Zombie homes, Maurice A. Jones, Helene Caloir and Morgan Harper delve deeper into the world of Zombie and vacant properties and suggest successful ways to bring these properties back to life to revitalize communities. And the best part is…it can be done!