These are uncertain times, but LISC’s commitment to catalyzing opportunity in low-income places all across the country is unwavering, says CEO Maurice Jones. And by leveraging the strength of our diversity, we can achieve healthy, resilient communities where everyone has a chance to succeed.[...]
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.
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.
In a year of working on behalf of low-income and underinvested communities, one day stands out for LISC staff and AmeriCorps members.
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.
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.