While discussions of bond ratings don’t usually make for thrilling copy outside of the business section, LISC’s "AA" rating means more capital is available for underserved communities nationwide. LISC CEO Maurice Jones called it a “powerful validation for community development investing and its capacity to help people live better.”
In January 2016, we launched our new website and our first article was with this compelling story of personal rebirth from Eastern North Philadelphia. Writer Faye Fiore and photographer Annie O’Neill profiled Faith Bartley, a Philadelphian who overcame addiction and a criminal record with the help of the People’s Paper Co-op. Faith’s story mirrors that of her neighborhood, which reversed high crime and drug use rates with help from LISC Philadelphia.
Articles about creative placemaking were very popular this year, not only for the stories of creativity in our communities, but also because of their compelling photography. This image of a Covington resident and her daughter in a community garden was one of the most shared items on LISC’s Facebook feed.
LISC Indianapolis' “Great Places 2020” initiative is one of the most successful comprehensive community development programs in the country. WTHR Channel 13, Indianapolis’s NBC affiliate, produced a report on the program’s impact.
2015 was a record-breaking year for LISC, as we invested $1.3 billion in homes, schools, businesses, health centers and more in our communities. Check out our annual report, which shows the highlights of the year as well.
Matthew Desmond’s book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City shed a bright light on the lives affected by the affordable housing crisis. Andrea Ponsor from our policy team wrote a review of the book from LISC’s perspective, examining actions policy makers can take to ease the crisis.
After decades of distinguished service, including 17 years as CEO of LISC, Michael Rubinger’s friends and colleagues gathered to laud his career. Michael's night was celebrated with a letter from President Bill Clinton, a video tribute and the creation of the Michael Rubinger Community Fellowship – and best of all, one adoring new puppy.
Banana Kelly CDC is one of LISC’s longest and strongest local partners. With text by writer Mary Talbot and photos by South Bronx photographer Ricky Flores, this article explored how LISC New York City and Banana Kelly supported each other through good times and bad to help hundreds of Bronx families find homes and careers.
We sat down with Lynne McCormack, LISC’s director of creative placemaking, to talk about how creative placemaking is becoming an integral part of community development work.
In June, the LISC Board announced that Maurice Jones, the secretary of commerce for the Commonwealth of Virginia, would be joining LISC as our new president & CEO. Maurice officially began work in September. In November, he outlined his bold vision for LISC in a livestreamed speech at the #LISCLeads conference in Houston.