LISC National
Our Priorities

Affordable Housing

LISC promotes affordable, equitable housing options in neighborhoods across Philadelphia by providing community partners with the tools, know-how, and capital to get things done.

Communities thrive when safe, quality, affordable housing is readily available. Like many cities across the United States, Philadelphia is experiencing a shortage of affordable housing for lower income individuals and families. Nearly three out of four households pay more than 30% of their income on rent. This means families often make tough choices between paying for food, clothing, utilities, or healthcare and keeping a roof over their heads.

3 out of 4 low-income households pay more than 30% of their income on rent.

LISC works with community partners to preserve and create affordable housing as part of their overall neighborhood revitalization plans.  We work to protect long-term residents from displacement and meet community needs for affordable, equitable, and mixed-use housing options.  Our priority housing activities include home repair, preservation of affordable rental housing, mixed-use development on commercial corridors, and equitable development and workforce housing in gentrifying neighborhoods.  

We offer project-based technical assistance, recoverable grants, financing, and equity to help community partners innovate, solve problems, and build capacity to achieve their housing goals.

We tackle Philadelphia’s affordable housing challenge using a multi-faceted approach:


Carolyn Placke, Program Officer