LISC National
What We Do

Build the Physical Environment

A safe, affordable home is one of the basic requisites of life—a key to individual health and well-being, and the foundation for sustainable, eco­nomically vibrant and diverse neighborhoods.

Supportive housing in the East Bluff neighborhood
Edmund After
Behrends new construction
Behrends new construction
Edmund Before

Housing is where LISC started. And it’s still the cornerstone of our mission, even as our vision has expanded to incorporate work to improve education, health, safety and economic growth in the places where we work. LISC helps make qual­ity, affordable housing available to low-income and vulnerable residents—from seniors to veterans to the formerly homeless—in underserved communities.

We partner with private and non-profit developers to achieve our goals. 


  • Partner with developers, government and Public Housing Authorities to generate affordable housing units in Central Illinois;
  • Provide loans, grants and equity investments for affordable housing projects;
  • Provide investment to small businesses, and;
  • Host symposium(s) and other learning venues to build awareness and educate the community on the economic benefits of affordable housing and to market LISC financial products.

By the numbers:

Since 2012, LISC Central Illinois has leveraged $4M of investments in LISC to generate $20M in impact in Central Illinois:

  • rehabilitated 71 units of senior and veterans housing at Glen Oak Housing Development;
  • created 16 units of supportive housing at Access Peoria;
  • created 6 units of single-family housing and 4 rehab units in Peoria's East Bluff neighborhood;
  • completed hundreds of small-scale home improvement projects through the Community Core Initiative;
  • preserved 44 units of low-income rental units at Broadway Arms Apartments in Lewiston, IL and at King's Court in Springfield, IL; 
  • created 17 units of affordable housing at the Levee Arts Apartments in East Peoria, IL;
  • approved over $1 million in small business loans to Central Illinois entrepreneurs.
Stories of Our Work

Learn more about the work we do for building the physical enviornment across all of these focus areas.

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