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Rural LISC works with its CDC Partners in 32 states to develop the housing stock in low income rural communi-ties, creating quality, affordable homes that root families to the community and connect them to each other.
Southern Mutual Help Association, a Rural LISC CDC Partner in New Iberia, La., broke ground June 10 on Teche Ridge, a 600-home "traditional neighborhood development". It is the first of its kind in Iberia Parish, mixing restaurants, shops, office space, parks and a wide range of housing options in a walkable and largely self-contained community.
NEW YORK (June 4 , 2013)—Suzanne Anarde, a community developer with more than two decades of experience helping revitalize low-income rural communities, has been tapped to lead a national rural program for the nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
Anarde succeeds Elise Hoben, who retired last month as Rural LISC’s program vice president. Michael Rubinger, LISC president and CEO, praised Hoben for her 26 years of “remarkable leadership” in helping elevate LISC’s work, especially across the more than 1000 counties in 39 states where Rural LISC operates.
Anarde joined Rural LISC in 2008, working with local community development groups to build responsive programs in rural California, Oregon and Utah. Prior to that, she was founding executive director of Tri-County Housing and Community Development Corp., in Fowler, Colo., one of Rural LISC’s original partners, and was a consultant for LISC in Mississippi, where she helped rebuild medical clinics in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
“Rural America has been greatly affected by the most recent economic decline. And it is difficult to rebound without access to the kind of capital and technical assistance that can ensure lasting progress,” Anarde said. “Rural LISC is that connection point,” she explained. “We help structure programs and convene the right partners so these communities can access the loans and investment dollars they need to move forward.” More.
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines is an important funder and partner for Rural LISC’s community development work among the 58 Partner CDCs it supports across 32 states. In October 2012 FHLB Des Moines launched a new public policy network: Strengthening Communities Together.
Brisas de Paz, a 62-unit affordable housing apartment building complex for working families on a limited income, celebrated its grand opening on March 25. The project, by the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition, a Rural LISC Partner CDC, is located in the town of Desert Hot Springs in Southern California's Coachella Valley. It includes a swimming pool and all the amenities typical of a market-rate building, with rents ranging from $311 to $716 per month. The building has one-, two- and three-bedroom units.
This video highlights self-help housing with our CDC Partner Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana. In USDA's Mutual Self-Help Housing program, low-income borrowers work together under the guidance of a nonprofit public housing entity (self-help grantee) to build each others’ homes.
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