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Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a national community development organization with a local focus-rooted in the belief that neighborhood leaders and organizations best understand the assets and needs of their communities. LISC acts as an intermediary to local partners providing resources, while building capacity to generate inclusive and sustainable growth and neighborhood stability.
In Philadelphia, LISC is a champion for equitable community change--working alongside partners to enhance neighborhoods and improve the lives of residents. To maximize impact LISC leverages corporate, government, and philanthropic resources. To date, LISC Philadelphia has invested $482M (and leveraged over $1.5B) to build or preserve 8,765 affordable homes and develop 2.3M square feet of retail, community and educational space.
Small businesses across the country are confronting extreme economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial support at this critical time can make the difference between staying in business or closing permanently, leading to lost income, jobs and economic stability. Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, we are offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available.
The spread of COVID-19 in the US continues to intensify, as experts predicted. We are first and foremost concerned with the health and safety of our partners and the communities we serve. LISC Philadelphia is tuning into regular national meetings to consider new information and development updates in order to inform and/or adjust our policies accordingly. We are connecting with our cross-sector partners, supporters and neighbors to find the best ways LISC can help. We’ll provide regular updates here and through our social media channels.
To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the City of Philadelphia has prohibited the operations of non-essential businesses from now through at least Friday, March 27. We recognize the significant impact these restrictions have on businesses. The following resources and relief are available to business owner