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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 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.
In an op-ed for USA Today, Suzanne Anarde, vice president of Rural LISC, challenges readers on their assumptions about manufactured housing, like the kind she grew up in. We know they are a vital element of disaster recovery. But did you know they are the country’s largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing, and with the right policy and financing changes, a quality factory-built home can help close America’s affordable housing gap?
Rural LISC is proud to recognize Capital One for its ongoing support of programs catalyzing affordable housing and economic growth in rural America. Capital One recently provided Rural LISC with three grants supporting a mobile Financial Opportunity Center in Appalachia, and rural CHDO training, workforce development and affordable housing in Louisiana.
Rural LISC's Suzanne Anarde is quoted in a San Diego Union-Tribune article: "Writing last week in USA Today, rural investment activist Suzanne Anarde described how manufactured homes, which cost about a fifth as much as regular homes, already constitute ... the country’s largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing . . . "