Our Stories

How LISC Works to Achieve MLK’s Vision

To commemorate the 50 year anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s passing in Memphis, our CEO Maurice Jones is interviewed on Sirius XM’s Make It Plain radio show. We are still striving for the vision of Dr. King. “We are doing the work that the sanitation workers were striking for. We are trying to create the beloved community,” says Jones.

12.14.2017 -

Kindling Hope in a Chicago Neighborhood

You can feel the change, say residents. Police data show it, too. In just one year, crime and violence have dropped precipitously in Englewood, a Chicago neighborhood where LISC has long partnered with local leaders, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. How did it change? A concerted mix of strategic policing and community engagement, says Julia Ryan, LISC’s VP for health & safety—the very approach LISC supports in Englewood and dozens of communities across the country.

LISC’s Julia Ryan in NY Times Letter: Community Efforts are Key to Crime Reduction

In response to a New York Times article on the role of citizens in crime reduction, Julia Ryan, LISC’s vice president of health and safety, wrote a letter to the editor underscoring the importance of community nonprofits and residents in the success of these efforts. Ryan points to LISC research that proves community-led strategies work and calls for appropriate investment in community-led revitalization.

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.

Crime Hotspots Need Investments, Not Just Policing

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.