- 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.
Black Lives Matter. Our hearts and sincere condolences are with the family of George Floyd, and the families of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. For forty years the Local Initiatives Support Corporation has been committed to doing what we can to bend the arc of justice to touch neighborhoods all across the District. We are committed to going further.
With the largest gift from an individual in LISC’s history, MacKenzie Scott is fueling transformative efforts to advance racial and economic justice and building a broadly shared prosperity throughout the country. Scott said organizations like LISC are “well-positioned to accelerate progress.”
LISC believes a safe, affordable home is one of the basic requisites of life. Too many families are at risk of losing their housing. Below is a testimony from Deputy Director Adam Kent, addressed to the Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Committee in lead up to their mark up session on Wednesday, June 24th.
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.