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 89 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 2,100 counties across 45 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

7.09.2019 -

WHEDA Foundation, Inc. announces 2019 Housing Grant Program Competition $1 million available for housing providers serving low-income persons

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and the WHEDA Foundation, Inc. announce the availability of grant funds through the 2019 WHEDA Foundation Housing Grant Program competition. Grant funds totaling $1 million will be awarded to support the development and improvement of housing facilities for low-income persons at risk for homelessness. The fund will support two separate housing competitions: an emergency/transitional housing category and a permanent housing category.

7.09.2019 -

NECAC offers life skills to prisoners

Chandra Roberts’ student is an example of why she believes it’s so important to offer instruction that will help inmates acclimate the moment they’re released. Chandra Roberts has a student who doesn’t know how to use a computer. The man has been in prison for more than 40 years, but will soon be released. He’s an example of why Roberts believes it’s so important to offer instruction that will help inmates acclimate the moment they’re released. Roberts is Pike County Service Coordinator for the not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC). She’s teaching pre-release life skills classes at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green.

7.08.2019 -

You asked, we answered: How many single-room occupancy hotels are left in Sacramento?

This story is part of our “Beyond Sacramento” series, a reader-driven initiative that lets you ask questions about our region that The Sacramento Bee explores and answers. Scroll to the form at the bottom of this article to submit your question. The question, submitted anonymously, is: “Years ago there were lots of Single room occupancy (SRO) on K & adjacent streets downtown. (1) How many SROs are now gone due to redevelopment and (2) Have new SROs been built?”Three years ago, Joe Brewer had no place to call home.The 65-year-old Vietnam War veteran had just finished 13 years of on-and-off jail time for cocaine possession and assault with a deadly weapon. Brewer’s criminal record and lack of rental history made him an unlikely candidate for renting an apartment in downtown Sacramento. For Brewer, single-room occupancy units, or SROs, like those offered at the Golden Lofts at 1010 10th St. are all that he can afford.