Our Stories

Ramping Up Research

In a new occasional series, Chris Walker, LISC's director of research, will highlight studies that reflect and inform our work and that of the broader community development field. This month, he analyzes our new research on the value of credit-building loans, a financing tool that is helping low-income people build positive credit and make critical strides toward financial stability.

1.19.2017 -

The Best Way to Score a Touchdown in Communities? Show Up for the Game.

LISC CEO Maurice Jones lays out last year’s record investments and impact in the hundreds of neighborhoods where we work. And in this season of football playoffs and New Year’s resolutions, he reaffirms LISC’s ongoing commitment to bringing its A-game to revitalizing communities.

1.11.2017 -

Honoring Dr. King’s Call to Service

In a year of working on behalf of low-income and underinvested communities, one day stands out for LISC staff and AmeriCorps members.

1.09.2017 -

Digging up Big Opportunity in Chicago’s Empty Lots

A program spearheaded by the City of Chicago and LISC helps residents of the low-income Englewood neighborhood purchase vacant lots that blight the area—for just one dollar. The requirements? That buyers already be anchored on the block as homeowners, and that they draw up plans to revitalize the formerly abandoned parcels.

12.22.2016 -

Top 10 LISC Stories in 2016

If you wanted good news in 2016, you didn’t have to go any further than LISC’s new stories page. From January, when we announced $1.3 Billion of investments in our nation’s most vulnerable communities, to November’s #LISCLeads conference in Houston, we found stories of resilience and growth from throughout the country. As you sit back with a cup of cocoa (or something stronger) this holiday season, enjoy our most popular stories from this year.