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Walking the Talk of Racial Equity

LISC Phoenix’s Dominic Braham is a 2019 PLACES fellow with the Funder’s Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (alongside LISC NYC's Grace Chung). When the fellowship brought him to Newark, NJ for a site visit, it sparked a realization: Braham saw that he had to think critically about pushing for racial equity from both an individual and an institutional perspective. In a blog for the Funder’s Network, he shares the toolbox he’s been assembling to challenge the status quo in community development leadership, and to convert conversations about change into action.

7.09.2019 -

What Opportunity Zones Could Do For Schools

If Opportunity Zones are to empower residents, then directing OZ funds to education must be part of the investment equation. That’s the message of an in depth article in Education Next (published by Harvard’s Kennedy School) which cites LISC’s work in the Opportunity Zones—and our OZ playbook for community partners—as vital to helping residents reap the promised benefits of the tax legislation.

7.03.2019 -

Vox: LISC’s CEO Offers Valuable Insight to the Federal Reserve

This year, the Federal Reserve is taking a “listening tour” of America in order to update its economic policies and strategy. In an article for Vox, economist Jared Bernstein analyzed a recent Fed panel where LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones described how the tight labor market has the potential to help those the economy has long left in the dust. The Fed, noted Bernstein, would do well to heed that insight.

6.26.2019 -

At NEF, Building On a ‘Legacy of Creativity and Drive’

For more than 30 years, LISC’s National Equity Fund (NEF) affiliate has been developing innovative solutions to affordable housing challenges. In a Q&A conversation with LISC, new CEO Matt Reilein takes a look at NEF’s unique value proposition, as the company looks to build on its record $1.2 billion in investments from 2018.

6.20.2019 -

Lawmakers Propose ‘Neighborhood Homes’ Tax Credit to Spur Rehabs, Revitalize Communities

A new bipartisan bill would create a tax credit to attract capital to single-family housing rehabilitation efforts and expand affordable homeownership. The Neighborhood Homes Investment Coalition, of which LISC is a member, is advocating for the proposed program as a powerful opportunity to encourage redevelopment and revitalize communities.