Our Stories

10.15.2019 -

“Café, Cultura, Vida”

As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, we checked in with Sandra Flores, owner of Azukar Coffee, a small business percolating on the South Side of Phoenix that shows just how important a local gathering place can be to a neighborhood.

What Zombies Can Teach Us About Vibrant Communities

This month, LISC and Cornell University will co-sponsor a conference on comprehensive approaches to turning vacant and “zombie” homes into community assets—and upending the conditions that create them in the first place. Helene Caloir, director of LISC’s $75 million New York State Housing Stabilization Fund, describes how this work is part and parcel of the broad challenges of revitalizing neighborhoods, dismantling racial inequity and sparking economic mobility.

Opportunity Zones Reality Check

Ensuring that Opportunity Zones investments benefit the people who live and work there was the crux of a recent roundtable led by LISC and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. An article on Medium.com by LISC’s George Ashton III and the Fed’s Adrian Franco describes the insights—and important takeaways—from community and economic development leaders on the front lines of helping stakeholders shape Opportunity Zone activity in their areas.

10.09.2019 -

Constructing Resilience, Two Years After María: Q&A with Javier Zapata-Rodríguez

The deputy director of economic development for PathStone Corporation and a LISC Rubinger Fellow, Javier E. Zapata-Rodríguez has an insider's view on how the fallout from hurricane Maria has shaped economic development in Puerto Rico, the imperative of supporting small business on the island, and how Puerto Ricans have galvanized to build resiliency for themselves, two years after the megastorm made landfall.

10.08.2019 -

“The Sunshine is Free, the Power is Clean”: A Big LISC Investment in Renewable Energy

LISC D.C. joined forces with the Community Preservation and Development Corporation and the National Housing Trust to bring solar energy to 12 affordable housing communities in the nation's capital. LISC provided the largest investment, a $1.2 million loan, to the project, which will lower costs and the carbon footprint for residents of 2,200 apartments. And this is just the beginning. Photos courtesy Community Preservation and Development Corp.