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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 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.
Rural LISC, Capital One and the Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) have joined together to create the Rural CHDO Training Program, a training program designed to increase the capacity of community-based organizations (CBOs) and Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) to develop affordable housing in rural Louisiana.
Rural LISC is proud to recognize PNC Bank for its ongoing support of rural community-based organization (CBO) partners. PNC has been a longtime Rural LISC supporter, helping to increase the capacity of 19 rural CBO partners in 17 states. In 2017 alone, PNC invested more than $72.1 million in philanthropic initiatives across the country. Its goal is to increase philanthropic investments by $1 million annually.
A poignant photography exhibit honors veterans whose lives have been touched by Bring Them HOMES, our housing initiative for homeless and at-risk former servicemen and women. All photos © Gus Powell/Courtesy Lee Marks Fine Art