Our Stories

5.29.2020 -

We Have Reached the Housing Cliff

As we look back on Affordable Housing Month, marked every year in May, it's clear that the need for safe, affordable housing—as well as the threats to providing it—have never been more acute. Denise Scott, LISC's EVP for Programs, makes a compelling case for why, during the Covid era and beyond, we need a robust national plan to safeguard homes for all of our country's vulnerable residents, as well as for the organizations that make those homes possible.

5.29.2020 -

When “Hoops in the Hood” Became “Hoops in the House”

When Covid-19 came to Chicago, Hoops in the Hood, LISC's long-running basketball-community-building-and-safety program, morphed into the perfect antidote for quarantine stress and boredom. Now, hundreds of kids and their parents across the city are staying active, and logging their exercise minutes, in a true Chicago-style competition between neighborhoods.

5.28.2020 -

Another $2.5 Million Deployed to Buoy Small Businesses in Our Communities

More than 200 small businesses, the majority owned by minority, women and veteran entrepreneurs, received grants of up to $10,000 this week to help them stay afloat during the Covid-19 crisis. The grants are part of a $7.5 million collaboration with Verizon to support enterprises in underinvested communities across rural and urban America.

5.28.2020 -

Combatting a Water Crisis with Entrepreneurship, and Heart

Jonathan Quarles is a Flint, MI small business owner who received a $10,000 grant from LISC and Verizon to help weather the pandemic's economic crisis. His business is a story worth telling: Quarles harvests and distributes clean water from the atmosphere, creating jobs, opportunity and "empowering the city that raised me" in the bargain.

5.27.2020 -

Dave Matthews Band to Broadcast Benefit Concert for LISC Small Business Fund

All donations made during the full live performance broadcast tonight at 8 p.m. will got to LISC's rapid relief fund for small businesses in communities hit hardest by the Covid-19 crisis.