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Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis is the local office of the nation’s leading community development support organization, working in Indianapolis neighborhoods for more than 25 years. We aim to improve life expectancy, increase economic mobility, and close the racial equity gap through a comprehensive approach designed to address the social determinants of one’s health through a comprehensive and resident-led approach to: Empower People, Transform Places, Support Enterprises, and Drive Systems Innovation.
In an interview with Charlottesville Tomorrow, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones unpacks the myriad fronts from which government, community developers and residents must intercept the affordability crisis. In addition to smarter policy and much more investment, development and preservation, “You also have to go at it from the people side,” says Jones. “Helping people get on a viable pathway to a living wage career” is crucial to making serious inroads on our housing challenges.
This Giving Tuesday, we are reflecting on what we've accomplished in 2019 thanks to the support of our donors and partners. To that end, we're highlighting three key areas of our work: supporting entreprenuers, closing the skills gap and investing in safety and justice programs—all of which were made possible by our supporters' investments.
Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project created to transform strategic places in Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indy for unprecedented success as it reaches its Bicentennial in 2020. [...]
LISC prioritizes investments to organizations and institutions that have created a collective vision for their neighborhood, as formalized in a Quality-of-Life plan. [...]
The Bridges to Career Opportunities initiative helps connect unemployed and underemployed residents in Indianapolis with quality jobs in growth industries. [...]
To attract new employers and help existing businesses succeed, LISC has developed a wide range of tools used to revitalize real estate and renew a sense of vibrancy along targeted industrial districts throughout the city. [...]
In any given year, LISC partners with more than 200 distinct organizational partners including more than 30 community-based organizations. Bringing together local leaders from financial institutions, government, funders, nonprofits, and neighborhoods is important to lasting change. Interested in getting involved? Please see our staff listing to match your area of interest with the correct contact. [...]
The Small Business Facade and Property Improvement Program provides matching grants to property owners willing to renovate the street-front exteriors of their structures. Over the years we have awarded nearly 500 facade and property improvement grants, provided commercial revitalization services and capital investment for commercial development. [...]
LISC is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that offers loans and equity products (link to page) to support a variety of real estate developments, including housing, retail projects, industrial projects, and community facilities. We offer flexible financing during all stages of projects — predevelopment, property acquisition, construction, and permanent. [...]
Local Initiatives Support Corporation is constantly exploring new programs and strategies that connect hard-to-tap public and private resources with underinvested places. The premise in which LISC operates is simple: government, foundations, and for-profit companies have the capital; residents and local institutions have the need; and LISC bridges the gap by offering the relationships and expertise to help community organizations attract the kinds of resources that allow them to do their best work.