- About Us
- Our Model
- Our Work
- Our Impact
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 84 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.
For 23 years, Rural LISC has worked with partner organizations to make rural communities good places to live, work, do business and raise children. Nowhere is this approach more apparent than in the rural community of Tamaqua, Pa., a borough of 7,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region.
A small crowd gathered Friday afternoon to celebrate Lock Haven Court, a new senior housing center on Third Avenue, made possible by the cleanup efforts of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. . . . The residents — all women but one — were beyond thrilled to be settling into the new complex on Third Avenue.
The Mutual Self-Help Housing Program is sponsored by the Rural Community Action Program (RurAL CAP) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. RurAL CAP helps low-income families qualify for USDA home construction and mortgage loans.