LISC National
What We Do

Healthy Communities

LISC’s approach to improving health in underserved places is holistic: we promote affordable, green housing, safety, good education, job opportunities and financial stability—all of which factor into the health and wellbeing of a community.

In Los Angeles, we’re committed to helping people get what they need to become—and stay—healthy. LISC LA supports the capacity of our partners to help ensure that the physical and social environments in our neighborhoods are designed to promote healthy lifestyles. We do this in a few ways.

Grants & Capacity Building

LISC's Elevating Equity: Health and Housing Initiative includes actionable policies, programs, and strategies that can be implemented by developers to help improve health determinants for residents and incentivize healthy behavior and opportunities.

Our partnerships with the NFL Foundation “Grassroots” program and ESPN’s RePlay program, help schools and community organizations build or rehab football fields and activate vacant or underutilized spaces.

We also provide HUD Section 4 Capacity Building Grants to those affordable housing developers and non-profit organizations looking to improve the health outcomes of their communities.

Read more about our partner organizations that have received LISC grants for their Health initiatives.


  • A Community of Friends received a Health and Housing grant to support the development of community gardens and programming at 7 permanent supportive housing sites across LA. Check out their progress here.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach re-furbished the gym at the Eastman/Farfield Club with the support of the ESPN Home Court Program.
  • Esperanza Community Housing Corporation received a Health and Housing grant to support the expansion of their Healthy Homes program which aims to address the substandard housing conditions that are impacting family health in South LA. Check out their program here.
  • Kare Youth League was the 2017 recipient of the NFL Grassroots Program grant. They used the award to build the first park in the City of Irwindale. Check out the park opening here.
  • Kounkuey Design Initiative is the first LA recipient to receive an implementation grant from the ESPN Re-Play Program to support the activation of vacant lots throughout LosAngeles. This grant will help them launch the Adopt-A-Lot program in partners hip with the City of Los Angeles and community residents.
  • LA Neighborhood Land Trust received a planning grant from the ESPN Re-Play Program, to transform a vacant lot into a park that provides access to sports, recreation, and play in the unincorporated community of Westmont-West Athens in LA County. Read more about their project here.
  • PATH Ventures received a HUD Section 4 grant to support the implementation of Bike PATH a multi-layered service program designed by PV to build a bicycle culture among the residents of PATH Metro Villas, a permanent supportive housing community. Read more about their project here.


Miranda Rodriguez, Assistant Program Officer