Our Stories

3.14.2017 -

LISC Board Chair Robert Rubin: Anti-Poverty Programs Keep the Economy Intact

In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Robert Rubin, former Secretary of the Treasury and chairman of LISC for 18 years, warns against the dire pitfalls of cutting anti-poverty programs. Government initiatives that help low-income people are not just social imperatives for the richest country on earth, but also work as "automatic stabilizers" for the economy and keep commerce strong.

3.10.2017 -

When Hospitals Reach Out to Help Heal Communities

The traditional role of hospitals has been to treat patients who are already sick. But imagine what can happen when hospitals step out into the community to tackle health problems at their source, before they become critical? That’s happening in Cincinnati, where LISC has partnered with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to address the root causes of poor health, like substandard housing. An article in Crosswalk quotes Cincinnati LISC director Kathy Schwab on the extraordinary power of health institutions and community development working together.

3.08.2017 -

Making a “Deliberate” Strike on Inequity in D.C.

DC mayor Muriel Bowser has a plan to grow the city’s economy and slash unemployment for low-income residents and people of color. It’s a plan that dovetails with LISC’s intensified commitment to revving up equitable local economies with living wage jobs and equipping residents to get those jobs. In a Washington Post article about Bowser’s initiative, Oramenta Newsome, director of LISC’s DC office, points out the imperative of making prosperity accessible to all: “We must be more deliberate in our efforts to balance out the opportunities in the city,” she said.

3.03.2017 -

A Model for Closing the Longevity Gap

Here’s a stark look at health inequity: depending on whether you are born in a prosperous or a poor American neighborhood, your life expectancy can vary by as much as 25 years. In a blog post for Build Healthy Places, Julia Ryan, LISC’s director of health and safety programs, explains how Rhode Island’s “health equity zones” are working to close the longevity gap. As lead agency for two of those zones, LISC is helping tackle the deep-rooted problems underlying that gap with a multi-strategy action plan.

3.02.2017 -

Not Your Average JOE

A group of nonprofit developers is testing a new way to boost their ability to manage and safeguard affordable housing: by pooling portfolios and talent, they hope to operate more cost-effectively and compete with private developers. LISC has supported the Joint Ownership Entity, or JOE, since its inception, and has just helped the path-breaking group acquire a $5 million portfolio from a private owner.