Our Stories

We Need to Strengthen CRA, Not Gut It, to Help Communities Recover from Economic Loss

LISC’s Matt Josephs takes a close look at proposed changes to the Community Reinvestment Act—warning that, as written, they could restrict the flow of high-impact community investments and weaken efforts to recover from COVID-19 . "While we share [the] sentiment that the nation’s distressed communities are going to be the hardest hit by the crisis and in desperate need of capital and services, the proposed regulations will, in fact, have the opposite effect,” he writes.

In the Tapestry of Children’s Wellbeing, Education Is Just One of Many Crucial Threads

As lawmakers in Providence confront a crisis in the state’s school system, LISC Rhode Island ED Jeanne Cola weighs in with an appeal to consider the comprehensive factors that contribute to students’ struggles, or successes—particularly housing. “As we look at bold ways to improve dismal test scores and address high absenteeism…now is the time to take a holistic approach and provide a consistent funding mechanism to add, or restore, stable and secure housing for Rhode Island residents,” she writes in an op-ed for The Providence Journal.

Safeguarding Public Benefits Is Good For America

Public programs that pave the road into the middle class are an investment in our country’s greatest asset—its people. As LISC and other organizations weigh in on the USDA’s proposed rule changes to the Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program, Maurice A. Jones, LISC’s president and CEO, discusses the imperative of protecting federal assistance that helps catalyze financial stability for our country’s most vulnerable residents—and boosts the health of our economy.

Supporting the Resilience of Immigrant Communities, When Policy Doesn’t

For nearly 40 years, LISC has invested in local organizations working with immigrants, with the understanding that when new arrivals to the United States prosper, so does the country as a whole. David Greenberg, director of our Research & Evaluation team, weighs in on the troubling effects that changes in immigration policy are having on immigrant communities, and reminds us that helping immigrants access opportunity is good for neighborhoods, and good for everyone.

A Policymaking Proposal That Dovetails With LISC’s Mission

This week, when Senator Todd Young (R-IN) announced new legislation for a taskforce that will examine the affordable housing crisis in our country, he did so at a LISC-supported senior housing community in Indianapolis. It represented a strong validation of the importance of closing the housing gap, and of the comprehensive community transformation that LISC leads.