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The work of rebuilding neighborhoods—creating affordable housing, renovating a retail corridor or constructing a new school, recreation center or office building—doesn’t happen without financing. And just as with for-profit ventures, nonprofit development requires significant capital. But community development projects in disinvested neighborhoods have a much harder time attracting capital investment. To help get funding into the places that need it most, LISC works with several investment companies—including our affiliates National Equity Fund, the New Markets Support Company and our new SBA lender immito—that bridge the gap between investors and projects in under-invested communities. We also provided initial capitalization to the Community Development Trust, the first real estate investment trust fund specializing in affordable housing.

$14.9 billion
total equity invested
Shops & Lofts, Chicago, IL
Shops & Lofts, Chicago, IL
National Equity Fund, Inc.

$12.4 billion invested in housing since 1987

10 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste 1700
Chicago, IL 60606

Visit NEF

The National Equity Fund® (NEF) is a nonprofit, Chicago-based affiliate of LISC and a leading syndicator of Low Income Housing Tax Credits. NEF helps bridge the gap between investors and nonprofit developers. Syndicators like NEF raise money from investors and identify low-income housing projects in which to invest that capital. NEF is focused on building long-term relationships with partners and investing in quality affordable housing projects that raise the standard of living in underserved communities.


New Markets Support Co.

$1 billion invested for economic development

168 N. Clinton Street, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60661

Visit NMSC

New Markets Support Company (NMSC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of LISC that invests and helps our partners invest in creative financing solutions to empower underinvested communities across the country. NMSC works to increase access to capital by tailoring our products and services to meet the needs of our clients and community partners, recognizing that every community has unique strengths and needs, as does every investment we help make in partnership with our clients.

NMSC has invested more than $1 billion in distressed communities, financing health centers, job training facilities, small businesses creating quality jobs, and more. We have also helped partners make over $600 million of impactful investments through our Partner Services offerings.


Expected to do at least $100 million in annual lending

1764 North Gilpin Street
Denver, CO 80218

Visit Immito

immito, LISC’s newest affiliate, was launched in September 2018. The new company is licensed to operate as a non-bank Small Business Administration lender and will support emerging and growing businesses in all 50 states. immito will go wherever there is a business opportunity as part of LISC’s national commitment to create jobs in underinvested communities and prepare residents to succeed in those jobs. It’s expected to do at least $100 million in annual lending within the next several years. 


Community Development Trust

$1.2 billion invested to for long-term affordability

1350 Broadway, Suite 700
New York, NY 10018-7702

Visit CDT

The Community Development Trust (CDT) is the country's first private real estate investment trust with a public purpose and occupies a unique position to preserve and expand the supply of affordable housing while earning attractive returns for shareholders. Created in 1998 with an initial capital investment from LISC, CDT operates much like a mutual fund, combining the capital of institutional investors to acquire or provide financing for affordable housing. Through its debt and equity programs, CDT makes long-term equity investments and originates or purchases long-term, fixed-rate multi-family mortgages to preserve affordability.