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Along with much of the world, we are closely monitoring the rapidly unfolding news of the COVID-19 pandemic. As ever, we are committed to meeting the needs of our partners and the communities we serve, and to supporting the wellbeing of our employees and the people and places where we live and work. Here are some of the things we are doing to respond to this unprecedented situation.
Amid mounting concerns around the spread of COVID-19 or coronavirus, LISC is taking actions to ensure that we can continue to support the people and places where we work. We will do so while protecting the health of our LISC team and contributing our utmost to help slow the spread of the virus across America.
This pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for the entire country and the world, but especially for vulnerable people, organizations and businesses in our communities. In times of crisis, it is more important than ever that we stay well informed, connected and support each other. Locally and nationally, we are working with policymakers, partners and funders to determine the best ways to provide that support. We will update you with more details as those efforts move forward.
We are LISC — the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. It may be a mouthful, but our name does, in fact, say it all. Simply put, we support local initiatives in primarily low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.
We are a national organization with a grassroots focus. LISC has offices in 35 cities and works in hundreds of rural communities across the country. Our collective goal is to create socially and economically vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods, with living wage jobs, local businesses, good schools, quality housing, reliable transportation and needed amenities. With residents and partners, we forge resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.
The Ford Foundation and six corporations created LISC in 1979 to address the need for resources to revitalize economically distressed urban neighborhoods by investing in community development corporations. The core concept for LISC was that community residents and their development corporations have the best understanding of local needs and conditions.
A local affiliate, LISC Chicago was founded in 1980 and since has been a pioneer in the local and national community development field. We provide grants, loans, technical assistance and other resources to more than 70 partner organizations in low- and moderate-income communities across Chicago.
Our approach is to build local capacity to organize and engage stakeholders, plan for a comprehensive community vision, act to implement that vision, and communicate successful outcomes.
The work is comprehensive. Everything we do is based on the idea that engaging local leadership is foundational to effective community development and sustainable impact.
To see more of our work and stories from previous years, visit LISC Chicago’s archived website.