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10.31.2019 -

From Recidivism to Rebuilding Lives: Q&A With Kelly Orians

Kelly Orians is an attorney, a 2019 Rubinger Fellow and the co-director of the First 72+, a ground-breaking New Orleans re-entry program for people returning from incarceration. Orians spoke with LISC about the state of criminal justice in Louisiana, the challenges and successes her clients experience, and how her organization is helping lift the burden of entrenched bureaucracy and predatory debt that keeps so many people from gaining real freedom after release.

Rooting Our Work in Equity: Reflections on the Resurrection of the Stuart Street Apartments

Recent news on the Bay’s Future Fund (BFF) was big: Facebook pledged to make a $150 million investment into the Fund, which is managed by LISC. While the Facebook investment will significantly impact LISC’s ability, along with our partners, to reach our goal of raising $500 million for the BFF–the largest fund created by LISC to date–we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that our ambition is not as much connected to the size of the BFF as it is to its impact. And that impact is squarely centered on equitable development. In the Bay Area, that means addressing displacement of communities of color and low income residents.

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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.

Facebook Pledges $150 Million to Bay’s Future Fund and Affordable Housing

Thanks to a generous—and momentous—commitment of $150 million from Facebook, the innovative Bay’s Future Fund has nearly reached its $500 million goal in less than one year since its launch. Now, LISC will help put these dollars to work promoting affordable housing development in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The “Ripple Effect” of Investing in Rural America

We need to look at the impact of investing in rural community development on its own terms, argues Suzanne Anarde, outgoing vice president and director of Rural LISC in an essay for Shelterforce. Projects may not touch the numbers of people or generate the returns of urban investments, but their effects are every bit as important, and ripple far and wide through the small, intricately connected networks of rural life.