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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.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Rural LISC is highlighting the work of Beatrice Clark Shelby, Executive Director of our partner organization, Boys, Girls, Adults Community Development Center, Inc., in Marvell, Arkansas.
On March 7, Rural LISC partner California Coalition for Rural Housing (CCRH) celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its Rural West Internship Program for Diversity in Nonprofit Housing and Community Development, and graduates of the intern class of 2017 – 2018. Thirteen interns from across California, Oregon and Washington state were honored.
Last fall, Rural LISC supported ten of its partners in bringing on 11 AmeriCorps service members to support locally-driven efforts to address community challenges. These individuals are having an enormous impact on Rural LISC’s partners and their communities during their year of service through AmeriCorps, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).