LISC National

What We Do


Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis is the local office of a national financial intermediary that convenes and collaborates with neighborhood residents and organizations, government, philanthropy, and the private sector to revitalize Indianapolis’ urban communities and transform places to be better places to live, work, raise families and do business.

It is largely through various initiatives that LISC supports resident-led efforts and community partners by serving as a catalyst and backbone for these initiatives. LISC Indy provides capital, technical expertise, training, and information through collective impact initiatives to support the creation of affordable housing; commercial, industrial, and community facilities; businesses; and jobs. Our collective impact approach brings together a group of leaders across different sectors working towards a common agenda – to create a more economically and inclusively resilient city by addressing the social determinants of health.

The Social Determinants of Health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources at global, national, and local levels. 80% of one’s health and lifespan is determined by their economic stability, physical environment, education, food, and social capital.

The reality is the growing racial wealth gap means someone living in Carmel has a life expectancy that’s approximately 14 years longer than someone living in inner-city Indianapolis. Ranking 47th out of 50 states in economic mobility, Indianapolis residents born in poverty have less than a 5% chance of reaching the top 20% bracket and, children of color have less than a 3% chance of achieving the same. With a general poverty rate of 21%, a person born poor in Indianapolis will likely die poor.

LISC Indianapolis aims to improve life expectancy, increase economic mobility, and close the racial equity gap by:

  • Strengthening existing alliances while building new collaborations to empower people and transform places.
  • Developing leadership and capacity of partners to advance our work together.
  • Investing in businesses, housing, and other community infrastructure to catalyze economic, health, safety, and educational mobility for residents.
  • Driving local, regional, and national policy and system changes that foster broadly shared prosperity and well-being.

Connecting the people and places of urban Indianapolis to real opportunity takes planning, partners and a whole lotta LOVE. LISC measures our impact by tracking investment and progress in each of the initiatives below using the following outcomes:

   Livability

             Opportunity

             Opportunity

             Opportunity

 

Livability

Creating healthy, active, and beautiful places.

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Opportunity

Fostering entrepreneurship, job creation and vibrant commercial districts.

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Vitality

Reviving a growing and diverse population.

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Education

Offering excellent lifelong learning opportunities

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Investments

We offer flexible financing during all stages of projects — predevelopment, property acquisition, construction, and permanent.

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