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2014 Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment Report

LISC has issued an RFQ for services under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) 50% Reimbursement program.

SNAP E&T is a funding source for workforce development that provides 50% reimbursements on non-federal, unmatched funds spent on eligible services within an approved E&T program. A broad range of adult education and workforce development services are covered under this funding. A mandatory TA session will be held on July 21, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the RI Community Food Bank. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on August 15, 2014. Click here for the RFQ and related application forms. Questions regarding this RFQ should be directed to Claudia Staniszewski at CStaniszewski@lisc.org

Community Meeting: Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment

On July 16th from 6pm – 8pm we will be holding a Community Meeting in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Education to share and discuss the results of the Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment in greater depth and for an overview of the state’s next steps. Click here for additional information. We hope to see you there!

LISC wins $1.48MM in AmeriCorps funding to fuel economic mobility in low-income neighborhoods

A new crop of LISC AmeriCorps members will serve with neighborhood nonprofits in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Detroit, Duluth, Los Angeles, Michigan (statewide), Milwaukee, New York City, Newark, Peoria, Philadelphia, Rhode Island (statewide), San Diego, and Toledo. LISC AmeriCorps members are involved with everything from community safety and education to housing, health and employment programs. LISC Rhode Island invites local non-profit partners to submit an application to host an AmeriCorps member. Members are funded through our national LISC AmeriCorps program via an application to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). LISC Rhode Island has 5 full-time members (for terms beginning on October 1, 2014 and continue through July 31, 2105) and 2 quarter-time 450-hour (term is flexible) available to invest in our neighborhoods. View the 2014-2015 application

LISC Awards $438,830 to Four Rhode Island Financial Opportunity Centers

LISC recently awarded $438,830 to three organizations to operate Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) for a 4th year.  The FOCs are located at Amos House, The Genesis Center and Providence Housing Authority in Providence, and Family Resources Community Action in Woonsocket.

FOCs implement an integrated service delivery model.  Clients receive services in three key areas: Financial coaching and training, employment coaching and training and assistance accessing public benefits.

The three services are bundled, creating a multi-faceted approach to income and wealth building that helps people change their financial behavior in ways that encourage a long-term commitment to increasing income, decreasing expenses and acquiring assets. 68% of clients who receive all three services achieve a key financial outcome such as an increase in credit score, an increase in net income and/or an increase in net worth.

Woonsocket, RI - Part 1: How a small city made big changes

When the factories closed, Woonsocket, Rhode Island could easily have followed the declining spiral of other small manufacturing cities in New England, with shuttered storefronts on Main Street and once-grand townhomes abandoned. Read More

Woonsocket, RI - Part 2: Re-opening Main Street

As investors and small businesses began to pay attention to the city of Woonsocket, RI, some were discouraged by the vacant properties along Main Street. Read More

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