Our Stories

9.20.2017 -

A New Lease on the Life of a Library, Thanks to a LISC Board Member

An op-ed in the New York Times touts the inspired work of LISC board member Michelle de la Uz and the Fifth Avenue Committee, our longtime partner. The organization is helping build affordable housing atop a branch library in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn—one of many city libraries that serves as a community resource center for a diverse, historically underinvested area. LISC New York made a $250K predevelopment loan and NEF has committed more than $10 million in equity.

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9.07.2017 -

Community-Police Partnerships, and How to Help Them

In a roundtable discussion for Shelterforce, Julia Ryan, director of LISC’s safety and health programs, explained our multi-pronged approach to nurturing collaboration among law enforcement, residents and community developers. The upshot is neighborhoods with lower crime, less blight and greater resident confidence in police.

9.07.2017 -

Our Man in San Antonio

Henry Cisneros, former HUD secretary and two-time mayor of San Antonio, has long supported LISC’s launch in his home city and chairs our local advisory committee there. In an interview with the San Antonio Express News, he talks affordable housing, his storied career and his role at LISC, where we have a new executive director, Leilah Powell.

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Our CEO on the Business of Giving

In an interview for “Business of Giving”, a New York radio show on trends in philanthropy, Maurice Jones talks strategy, compassion and how our new partnership with Facebook is a cutting-edge conduit for bringing private sector dollars to communities in need.

8.24.2017 -

Making Precious NYC Land Work for the Community

New York City has almost no public land that can be developed as affordable housing or for other community benefit. But many churches and non-profits have lots they want to put to good use—and they need help. The Wall Street Journal and NY1 News highlighted a new LISC partnership that supports those entities in activating rare, untapped land for the good of the neighborhood.