LISC National

We believe in rural America.

What is Rural LISC?

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 86 rural community-based organizations, including five 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.

Our News & Stories

8.16.2018 -

Nonprofit vows to keep Homestead Apts affordable

Even as a pair of long-sought apartment buildings for lower-middle-class workers are bringing 110 affordable units to Mankato this year and in 2019, the city was in danger of losing 120 units of existing low-income housing. A nonprofit developer of affordable housing warned the Mankato City Council Monday that Homestead Apartments ... was on the verge of converting to higher-priced market-rate apartments.

8.14.2018 -

Medley Centre: Senior housing proposed in former Sears

PathStone Corp. is proposing to bring approximately 150 senior apartments to the Sears site at the former Medley Centre mall in a bid to meet the burgeoning need for senior housing in the Irondequoit area.