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Houston LISC is a local office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development support organization. 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. By providing capital, technical expertise and training, LISC helps to develop local leaders and invest in the creation and growth of affordable housing, local community centers, and businesses that create new jobs.
Houston LISC in collaboration with Harvey Home Repair Collaborative members Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, Houston Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together Houston, Tejano Center for Community Concerns are recipients of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, overseen by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. For home repair assistance, visit HarveyHomeConnect.org.
This month, Maurice sits down with Tope Folarin, LISC’s vice president of storytelling and content and the author of A Particular Kind of Black Man. Listen in to hear how Folarin’s youth and education inspired a career dedicated to storytelling, why sharing stories is so critical to the work of LISC, and how it all connects to his debut novel.
In response to a deeply-reported article about black land loss co-published by The New Yorker and ProPublica, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones underscores how this ongoing and insidious form of displacement has widened the country’s racial wealth gap. Just as that gap was wrought through intentional discriminatory policy and practices, says Jones, so it will take intentional action and law to close it.
For any job seeker, an interview is perhaps the most important factor determining their chance of employment. And for many people, even knowing where to start can be overwhelming. LISC & Union Pacific combined forces on March 7th at the Union Pacific office in Houston to give Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) clients a chance at a real mock interview with a potential employer.