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We are LISC DC, the local office of the nation’s largest community development support organization, working in Washington, DC's neighborhoods since 1982. We combine corporate, government, and philanthropic resources and invest them in DC’s neighborhoods. Since our founding, we have invested $369 million, leveraging $2 billion to build or preserve over 12,000 affordable homes and nearly 3 million square feet of retail, community, and educational space.
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.
A new housing development for homeless and at-risk veterans in Washington, D.C., serves as a powerful example how high-quality supportive housing can transform lives, revitalize aging structures and contribute to a healthy, vibrant community.