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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 is helping finance Community Partnership School's new home, which will transform a blighted and vacant building in Strawberry Mansion neighborhood into a state-of-the-art school.
The award-winning Home Preservation Initiative (HPI) has been selected as one of 19 multi-sector partnerships to participate in the national BUILD Health Challenge. HPI provides home repairs to low-income, elderly, and disabled residents in West Philadelphia. BUILD provides an opportunity to engage new partners to reduce the burden of unhealthy housing on youth with asthma.
LISC will seed a new small business development fund and spur healthy food-related enterprises with this week's award from the federal Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). The funding will help support entrepreneurs, create jobs, expand local incomes and reduce blight in low-income areas.
We know from experience that there’s no time to waste in helping communities rebuild after disaster strikes. LISC has pledged significant capital and expertise to help Houston and rural counties in Texas and the Gulf Coast put the pieces back together in the staggering wake of Hurricane Harvey.
LISC CEO Maurice Jones weighs in on the critical role immigrants have always played in the social, economic and spiritual life of this country. The Dreamers, as 800,000 young people supported by the DACA program are known, are valuable assets to our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods, and we need their participation, just as they need a pathway to citizenship.
In the twin wakes of Hurricane Harvey and a white supremacist rally in Virginia, it’s clearer than ever that the great American capacity for caring, resilience and service is the best path out of hurt and devastation. Together with our partners, all of us at LISC are working to help and to heal.