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Philadelphia LISC is one of 31 local offices of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national nonprofit community development organization and CDFI. Overall, LISC has invested $17.3 billion in neighborhoods and rural communities across the United States.
In Philadelphia, LISC is a catalyst for community change, working with partners on the ground to strengthen neighborhoods and improve the lives of residents. We combine corporate, government, and philanthropic resources and have invested more than $400 million (and leveraged $1.4 billion) in Philadelphia's neighborhoods to build or preserve more than 8,150 affordable homes and to develop more than 2 million square feet of retail, community and educational space since 1980. Our goal is to create neighborhoods of choice and opportunity, where every resident has a chance to thrive.
Philadelphia LISC announces a Jumpstart Seed Grant Competition to provide funding to help with planning and start-up costs to launch Jumpstart programs in neighborhoods across Philadelphia. Three neighborhood-based organizations will be awarded up to $5,000 each to help with program start-up costs. Grants will be made to organizations that demonstrate an understanding of the Jumpstart philosophy and a commitment to engaging community and developing the skills and knowledge of local developers.
In a New York Times op-ed, Robert Rubin makes the case for a federal jobs initiative, citing the success of LISC’s work readiness programs in connecting people to the workforce and the reins of economic opportunity. A national approach should be seen not “as a social program but as a public investment with a high rate of return,” wrote Rubin--and as an imperative for the health of our economy and society. We couldn’t agree more.
Chris Walker, LISC’s director of research, explains how creative placemaking leverages the power of local artists, culture and history to create economic opportunity and improve their overall quality of life in urban and rural communities alike.
On October 13th, Esperanza broke ground on the adaptive re-use of Roberto Clemente Middle School, which will become a mixed-use building with 38 affordable apartments. Philadelphia LISC provided Esperanza with a bridge loan to make the project happen.
LISC is announcing recoverable grants for predevelopment activities associated with the following affordable housing preservation and mixed-use development projects.
As part of LISC's recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, we look back, and forward, to essential collaborations in Latino communities all across the country.