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In 1995, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a community development support organization working in metropolitan areas across the country, launched Rural LISC, a national program created to expand LISC's reach beyond urban areas to include rural communities. Today, Rural LISC partners with 81 rural community-based organizations, including four financial intermediaries, helping them identify challenges and opportunities, and delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs. Together we are working to transform communities in more than 2,000 counties across 44 states.
Recognizing that rural communities' needs are not focused on agriculture alone, Rural LISC provides a wide range of services, including training, technical assistance, information and financial support, to help rural community developers address the problems rural communities face. We use our Comprehensive Community Development Strategy to support our Partners in expanding investment in housing and real estate, increasing family income and wealth, stimulating economic development, improving access to quality education, and growing healthy environments and lifestyles.
Drawing on its expertise in rural development and community safety, LISC is helping a team of local leaders to reduce crime and build community in three southeastern Kentucky counties. With a federal grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the partners are finding new and creative strategies to address the unique conditions and terrain of Appalachia—strategies that may serve as a model for similar efforts in other parts of rural America.
In an interview for Rural Voices, a publication of the Housing Assistance Council, Bob Reeder, Rural LISC's director for national programs, discusses the importance of inclusion, diversity and economic equity when bringing arts and culture into community development efforts. With those key ingredients, creative placemaking can be a winning proposition for rural revitalization.
Rural LISC is excited to shine a spotlight on another of our newest partners this week, Mutual Housing California (MHC). MHC is dedicated to developing, operating and advocating for sustainable housing that builds strong communities through resident participation and leadership development.