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Rural LISC’s Partner CDC, Self-Help Enterprises in Visalia, Calif., pioneered the mutual self-help model, building the first self-help homes in the nation. In December, they reached a remarkable milestone: 6,000 homes built since they began in 1965.
Rural LISC Partner CDC Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation has taken on the leadership role in implementing a federal government Promise Zone program in southeastern Kentucky, and was recently awarded a two-year, $250,000 grant by the Appalachian Regional Commission to support its work.
Highland Community Builders (HCB), a Rural LISC Partner CDC in Elkins, West Virginia, was among several organizations that came together in a remarkable partnership in an effort to save the First Ward School (left). The structure had served as the Elkins elementary school from 1907 to 1976, and was subsequently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. HCB and a partner organization transformed the decaying structure into 16 affordable senior housing apartments, winning the award for Best Use of Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits from the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia. Read the story here.
|School entrance, before||School entrance, after|
Photos credit: Preservation Alliance of West Virginia
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines is an important funder and partner for Rural LISC’s community development work among the 53 Partner CDCs it supports across 32 states. In October 2012 FHLB Des Moines launched a new public policy network: Strengthening Communities Together.
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