Catalyzing Opportunity for All

“It Has To Start With the Children”: Q&A With Juanita Woods

11.13.2019 - - Rubinger Fellow Juanita Woods is a community development practitioner and city council member in Monroe, LA who specializes in helping people skill up to take on living-wage jobs with local employers. She spoke with LISC about her fellowship project to provide apprenticeships for young people, the c [...]

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What is LISC?

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation, known as LISC, is one of the country's largest organizations supporting projects to revitalize communities and bring greater economic opportunity to residents. We invest in affordable housing, better schools, safer streets, growing businesses and programs that connect people with financial opportunity. We provide the capital, strategy and know-how to local partners to get this done. Our work impacts the lives of millions of Americans in both rural areas and urban centers across the country. See our reach as a national nonprofit and see how we work.

Grants
$1 billion
Loans
$4.1 billion
Equity
$14.9 billion
Since 1979
$20 billion
total investment
leading to
$60.4 billion
in total development
In the Tapestry of Children’s Wellbeing, Education Is Just One of Many Crucial Threads

As lawmakers in Providence confront a crisis in the state’s school system, LISC Rhode Island ED Jeanne Cola weighs in with an appeal to consider the comprehensive factors that contribute to students’ struggles, or successes—particularly housing. “As we look at bold ways to improve dismal test scores and address high absenteeism…now is the time to take a holistic approach and provide a consistent funding mechanism to add, or restore, stable and secure housing for Rhode Island residents,” she writ [...]

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