In an in-depth article for The Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, attorneys David Goldstein and Jason Labate offer a case study of the Joint Operating Entity NYC (JOE NYC), which LISC has supported from its inception. The JOE NYC, a consortium of CDCs that have pooled their portfolios and expertise, is a blueprint that can help CDCs in other cities and regions shore up their stability in challenging markets and gain ground against the national affordability crisis.
Together with NYU and sponsorship from LISC, researchers at UC Berkeley have just released new findings about how development in the New York metro area is creating “islands of exclusion” and displacing more and more longtime residents. An interactive Urban Displacement Map, a byproduct of the investigation, aims to serve as an “early warning tool” to help affordable housing advocates and policy makers protect and preserve community stability.
In this week’s Stanford Social Innovation Review, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones takes a close look at the outcomes from one of the largest single-city community development efforts in the country, the decade-long New Communities Program (NCP) in Chicago. Most notable, Jones writes, is data on community networks and how closely they connect to local growth and opportunity. The evidence confirms what community developers have long assumed but previously never proven: a durable local infrastructure of nonprofits, businesses, and other stakeholders is able to both attract and absorb capital in ways that measurably improve residents’ quality of life.
Is Indianapolis feeling the strains of gentrification and displacement? LISC Indy wanted to find out, so they commissioned a study from the Center for Community Progress. The results were mixed, some surprising, some not: only five of 200 Census tracts have experienced displacement while many more have lost significant population, income and jobs. Areas that are home to artists have been epicenters of revitalization, and are key to LISC’s Great Places 2020 initiative to transform five Indy neighborhoods in the next four years.
A recent report by LISC and the Institute of Museum and Library Services describes some of the visionary ways these anchor institutions are helping improve their neighborhoods. In Minneapolis-St. Paul, local libraries (one in an affordable housing complex) and community museums offer everything from recreation facilities and digital learning labs to meeting space and cultural programming, according to what patrons need and ask for.