Rural LISC Arts & Culture grant brings arts alive

In Wilson, N.C., Rural LISC partner CDC Wilson Community Improvement Associ-ation created an extraordinary demon-stration of Creative Placemaking with the exhibit of local artists' work at the November 7 "Whirligig Festival".

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NCCDC housing project a beacon of hope for homeless vets

An open house was held on Friday, October 30th, for the Veterans Community Gardens, a six-unit facility in White Township, Pennsylvania that will be rented to homeless veterans. The facility is owned and operated by Rural LISC partner CDC Northern Cambria Community Development Corporation.

Rick Cohen 1951-2015

                                                                                                                Nonprofit Quarterly

Rick Cohen, the national correspondent for Nonprofit Quarterly and a former vice president of strategic planning at LISC, died suddenly after collapsing on Tuesday, November 17.  He was 64.  Rick will be remembered by many in the Rural LISC world for his keen analyses of rural trends presented at Rural LISC Annual Seminars over the years.  His passing is a tremendous loss for the community development and philanthropic world.

Articles about Rick have been posted in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Quarterly, City Limits, and Daily Yonder.  Comments and memories are posted at the Nonprofit Quarterly.

NRHC Reports on 50 Years of Mutual Self-Help HousingNRHC Reports on 50 Years of Mutual Self-Help Housing

On November 17, National Rural Housing Coalition (NRHC) held a Capitol Hill briefing on its new report, "The Mutual Self-Help Housing Program: Reflecting on 50 Years of Success." The report documents the outcomes of the program, which assists low- and very low-income families in building sweat equity to secure new affordable and decent housing. Click "Learn More" below to read the press release and the report.

HOME is more than housing

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program is facing crippling cuts as part of the federal budget process.  LISC’s Andrea Ponsor takes a look, in her article HOME is more than housing, at why the program works so well and why community development leaders are fighting so hard to preserve it.  

Rural LISC’s Partner CDC, Greater Greenville Housing and Revitalization Association (GGHRA) in Mississippi, is featured as a Success Story in a new HOME report that details the Program’s impact.  

Rural LISC’s recent $100,000 investment in GGHRA as part of our Building Sustainable Communities strategy supported a newly completed $1 million affordable housing development in Greenville, and it was part of the groundwork that helped attract GGHRA’s most recent HOME award of $3.2 million to develop over 40 affordable townhomes on land donated by the City of Greenville.


The Visionary Practitioner Behind Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Rural LISC Partner CDC Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) featured in Maine Magazine

Ron Phillips discusses the future with CEI staff.         Photo: Matt Cosby

The Maine Magazine article, excerpted below, describes a 1978 fire that destroyed a fish processing plant, and the livelihoods of 28 residents, in a small Maine coastal community, and how, at a town meeting that followed, fresh ideas from a recent seminary graduate and civil rights activist began a new moment in rural community and economic development. 

. . . The story of CEI more or less begins here: with an idealistic and deeply practical young man with a messy crop of hair who brought big ideas to a town hall meeting in midcoast Maine. Along with a core group from the fishery, Phillips went on to raise capital through the federal government and the First National Bank of Damariscotta, and to put together a package to help rebuild the plant, which included a class of stock ownership that Boothbay area fishermen and residents could purchase as a locally owned venture. Aggregating capital from a variety of private, public, and community sources to promote value-added production capacity and local economic growth: “There’s CEI for you,” says Ron Phillips.   Read the article.

Helping Hands For a Community In CrisisHelping Hands For a Community In Crisis

The nonprofit world has stepped up to help manage a natural disaster with no end in sight, bringing water to scores of low-income rural families in California’s San Joaquin Valley as more and more wells run dry. Read the new article on the LISC Institute Spotlight on Rural blog.

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