Our Stories

4.18.2018 -

Accounting for a Family’s Financial Future

A young mother in Chicago has solid footing on a career path and has taken control of her family’s financial future, thanks to a LISC-supported Financial Opportunity Center. LISC’s innovative Twin Accounts™ are part of the process, allowing her to save and build a credit score, all at the same time.

4.17.2018 -

It’s Time to Help More Communities Prevent Crime

In a blog for CitiesSpeak, Jason Cooper, a director for LISC’s safety initiatives, describes the urgent work of helping residents, non-profits and police work together to prevent crime—which is exactly what LISC supports in 74 areas across the country through the Justice Department’s Community-Based Crime Reduction Program. As the national training and technical assistance partner for the program, LISC has an up-close view of how it succeeds in making communities safer, stronger and more cohesive.

A Study of Two Americas—and How to Bring Them Closer

A new study on race and economic mobility in the United States by economists Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren stresses the role that neighborhoods can play in closing the country’s yawning, race-based opportunity gap. In the blog that follows, David Greenberg, LISC’s new director of Research and Evaluation, unpacks the lessons of the study, and posits how the findings can help guide the work of LISC and its partners going forward.

LISC, Duke Collaborate to Boost Financial Coaching

At LISC, we are always looking at what works to spur economic opportunity and strengthen neighborhoods. That’s why we teamed up with Duke University’s Common Cents Lab to find out what motivates people to engage in long-term coaching relationships at our Financial Opportunity Centers. LISC’s Laura D’Alessandro talks about what we learned and what it means for our efforts to help people build a stronger financial future.

4.12.2018 -

Moving From Plans to Progress to Help Families Thrive

How do we bridge the gap between intention and action when it comes to financial stability and growth? Emory Nelms of Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight takes a close look at LISC Financial Opportunity Centers and describes the kind of interventions that increase client retention rates—thereby supporting success for people working to expand their incomes, improve their credit and raise their standards of living.