In the Twin Cities, the Green Line shuttles thousands of Minnesotans to and from work, home, schools and shopping. But more than that, the rail service has lifted neighborhoods all along the line, spurring economic activity, new housing and cultural pride. LISC Twin Cities helped galvanize local groups to be a part of the green line’s planning, and invested $70 million for development projects along the corridor to ensure that low-income residents benefit from the new rail.
As the popular light rail expands in Phoenix, a collaboration between LISC, GoDaddy, and Local First Arizona is working to make sure minority-owned businesses get, and keep, a foothold in neighborhoods along the new route. Small businesses and budding entrepreneurs will receive mentoring, financial counseling and technical assistance to help them grow and support the wider community.
April is Financial Capability Month and to kick it off, we’re sharing a recent NPR “Hidden Brain” podcast about how scarcity affects our financial behavior. The piece features Brandi Drew, a client at the Southwest Economic Solutions Financial Opportunity Center in Detroit, and describes how financial coaching helped her escape the “scarcity trap.” NPR praised Seung Kim, head of our financial opportunity programming, as an “unsung hero” for bringing Drew’s story to light. Check back often this month for more success stories from our countrywide work helping people build financial stability.
Taller Puertorriqueño is a steadfast cultural anchor in the Fairhill section of Philly, and a longtime LISC partner. An article in Next City narrates the group’s influential history and describes how its gorgeous new headquarters, funded in part by a $2.1 million loan from LISC, symbolize the organization’s enduring impact on its community, its neighborhood and the city at large.
Research has proven that crime, particularly violent crime, clusters in discreet, neighborhood hotspots. In an op-ed for The Marshall Project, Maurice Jones, LISC CEO, and Julia Ryan, director of safety programming, explain how that knowledge should guide our crime-fighting strategies and why investments in neighborhoods are critical to stopping violence.