- Who We Are
- What We Do
- Our Impact
- Elevating Equity
- Oramenta F. Newsome Fellowship
We are LISC DC, the DC office of the nation’s largest community development organization. LISC is a national organization with a local focus, rooted in the belief that neighborhood leaders and organizations best understand the assets and needs of their communities.
In order to create a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable DC Region, we support our communities in three main ways. We provide financial and human capital to build the capacity of our partners and improve neighborhoods. We invest in affordable housing and neighborhood assets to improve social, economic, and physical health. We amplify the voices of disenfranchised communities and advocate with them for policy solutions and resources.
Since 1982, we have invested $450 million, leveraging over $2.3 billion. With LISC DC support, our partners have built or preserved over 13,000 affordable homes and 2.5 million square feet of retail, community, and educational space across the Washington, D.C. Region.
Thanks to a $1 million grant from Sam’s Club, LISC will provide emergency assistance that small businesses desperately need during the Covid-19 crisis. And it doesn’t stop there: Sam’s Club is mobilizing its members to support this effort as well. LISC will focus these efforts on historically underserved communities, with particular focus on those enterprises owned or led by women, minorities and veterans, which often lack access to affordable capital. Our goal is to help bridge financial gaps and navigate the intricate web of public and private resources now available.
LISC is taking swift action in response to the coronavirus pandemic, to mitigate economic impact on residents in the hundreds of communities where we work. We are launching the LISC Rapid Relief and Resiliency Fund to assemble and deploy resources to our local partners, small businesses and residents who are being hit hardest. The Fund will deliver operating capital, emergency subsidies and IT support, as well as technical assistance, to keep our partners and their communities strong and functioning through this unprecedented situation.
An investment of $2.5 million from Verizon is making it possible for LISC to begin offering critical relief and resiliency-building support to small businesses facing immediate financial threat because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go to make grants of up to $10,000, especially to entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. Verizon will highlight and bolster these efforts through their inaugural "Pay It Forward Live" online concert series.
LISC D.C. joined forces with the Community Preservation and Development Corporation and the National Housing Trust to bring solar energy to 12 affordable housing communities in the nation's capital. LISC provided the largest investment, a $1.2 million loan, to the project, which will lower costs and the carbon footprint for residents of 2,200 apartments. And this is just the beginning. Photos courtesy Community Preservation and Development Corp.