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

7.21.2019 -

A city waiting to grow: Orland’s housing crisis

Peter Carr is well acquainted with the housing crisis currently facing Butte County. The city he manages, Orland, has waited years to add thousands of new homes. After the Camp Fire, those homes are needed more than ever in Orland and in other rural towns near Chico.

7.20.2019 -

Inclusionary zoning needed to address history of government housing segregation says author

The author Richard Rothstein was in Rochester Friday to speak about what he called the United States' "national myth." That story, he said, is that deep racial segregation happened in every metropolitan area in the community through a confluence of individual decisions. Black people preferred to live with other black people, and the same for other races. Some real estate agents and bankers were prejudiced. The free market did its work. The problem with that account, he said: "It didn't happen by accident. It's a myth. There's no factual basis for to it whatsoever."

7.19.2019 -

Cuts to early learning programs could have rippling effects across the state

Early learning and development programs providing life skills to children and families are facing millions of dollars in cuts from Gov. Dunleavy’s vetoes. ... The most impacted program is Head Start, the state’s largest provider of early education resources. It would lose $6.8 million. One of its major branches, the Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP) is the largest provider of early learning services for low-income families in rural Alaska.