LISC Project and Program Postcards

Below are simple postcards highlighting specific projects and programs supported by LISC across the country. They cover a range of physical redevelopment projects including affordable housing, retail and commercial space, playing fields, child care and schools. Others showcase topical areas such as community safety, health care and the arts.

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2013

Housing Resource Connection, Duluth, Minn.

A home is the single largest investment most people will make in their lifetime. Empowering homeowners and rental property owners to maintain and protect that investment is key to making communities safe and healthy places to live, work, and raise a family. Duluth LISC and its partners are doing this through a unique collaboration called the Housing Resource Connection (HRC). The HRC is a one-stop shop that connects individuals and families to a full range of housing-related programs and services available in the Duluth community.

Artists as Neighbors

Arts and culture has value in and of itself – but at LISC, we also believe it has a multiplier effect when integrated into larger revitalization strategies. That’s why LISC supports artist live/work spaces, which provide an affordable and spacious rental option for artists and their families. Artists bring energy, creativity, and a sense of community to our cities. Where most see a vacant warehouse surrounded by blight, artists gather to open galleries and rejuvenate structures and streetscapes; bringing with them an enthusiasm that inspires further development.

Transit-Oriented Development

Convenience and walkability have become paramount considerations when choosing where to live. People want to live within walking distance to their favorite coffee shop, the park, and the grocery store. Transit-oriented developments (TODs) are pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use communities that encourage this type of lifestyle. TODs are built close to public transportation to connect people to jobs, affordable homes and health care, and schools.

YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.

LISC provided the YWCA with $15 million in New Markets Tax Credits for the $78 million redevelopment of the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles. Previously housed in a seismically unsafe building that was in need of significant repair, the YWCA now has a brand new facility for its training programs, residents and staff.

Karabots Pediatric Care Center, Philadelphia, Penn.

The Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center provides some of the best primary and preventative care services to underserved children in West Philadelphia. LISC provided $10 million in New Markets Tax Credits to develop the two-story, 52,000 square-foot,Silver LEED-certified building, which contains 56 state-of-the-art, child-friendly examination rooms; radiology, hearing and vision testing rooms; and a phlebotomy laboratory. The new center has the capacity to accommodate more than 45,000 outpatient visits a year.

Bell Building, Detroit, Mich.

With an estimated 18,000 homeless in Detroit, LISC and Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) made a major effort to help bring people in from the streets and provide them with a place to call home and a brighter future. Built in 1929, and once home to Michigan Bell Company (Yellow Pages), the Bell Building sat abandoned for years before NSO saw an opportunity to help the homeless while also revitalizing the surrounding neighborhood and restoring a piece of Detroit’s history.

Community Safety Resource Center

For nearly two decades, LISC’s Community Safety Initiative (CSI) has supported teams of community developers and law enforcement officers who work to improve safety in neighborhoods nationwide.The results are remarkable: Crime hot spots are eliminated. Parks are restored. Nuisance properties are replaced by quality homes. Businesses are filling formerly vacant storefronts.

Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Philadelphia, Pa.

One of the most important factors to the success of a neighborhood is strong, committed, long-standing relationships. In the Eastern North section of Philadelphia, LISC and Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM) have built a partnership that has lasted more than two decades. In that time, LISC has helped APM create almost 300 homes and apartments, as well as a homeownership program that counsels buyers on money management and the requirements of owning a home.

Hawthorne EcoVillage, Minneapolis, Minn.

In the mid-1990’s, urban flight shifted a four-block area in the Hawthorne neighborhood – an area once filled with long-time homeowners – to a neighborhood of rentals owned by absentee landlords and streets succumbed by deadly gang violence. By 2005, blatant street-level drug deals, prostitution, vacant properties and gang activity left the area unrecognizable.