Candice Streett, executive director of LISC Virginia, has dedicated most of her working life to community development in Virginia. As she prepares to “downshift” from the position, she is being honored as a 2019 Richmond History Maker by the historic Valentine Museum, for her efforts on behalf of the city’s communities and her innovative economic development initiatives. In an interview with The Community Foundation, she reflects on the lessons from her journey. The most important one? “I’ve learned that we need to always listen first to those who have the most at stake—neighborhood residents.”
In an article for Next City, LISC’s Morgan Harper and Sara Feierstein dig into how “community ownership” acts as a stabilizing force for neighborhoods and has become an integral part of mitigating displacement. The authors look at strategies ranging from business cooperatives to CDCs pooling their resources, and underscore the findings of LISC’s latest research report about the role community land trusts play in promoting community resilience.
Check out our top three reads of the week. They cover the challenges and opportunities facing American communities right now. This week, we’re delving into a ban on Detroit landlords asking potential renters about their criminal background, big tech companies that are getting involved in affordable housing, and how domestic workers are organizing for their rights.
In a letter to the New York Times responding to an article about dwindling opportunities for low-skilled workers, Sam Marks, LISC NYC executive director, makes the case for baking equity and inclusion into economic development incentives and policies. By doing so, New York and others cities can support affordable housing and businesses that offer middle-skill jobs, and ensure that all residents benefit, regardless of their background.
The Providence Journal reports on two local community organizations receiving $360,000 from Citi Foundation and LISC to grow their support for job seekers. The grants will expand their work to support “individuals who have faced obstacles in their desire to build new lives.” As Jeanne Cola, who heads LISC Rhode Island noted in the article, “When we help someone find a good — or better — job, we help both families and communities thrive.”