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Building Equitable Communities Together

LISC Phoenix was formed in 1992 and since its inception has collaborated with place-based organizations and our corporate, foundation and public partners to create an innovative approach to working with neighborhoods that face systemic challenges.


Our Response

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, LISC is taking action to ensure that we continue to support the people and places where we work. We will do so while protecting the health of our LISC team and contributing our utmost to help slow the spread of the virus across America, and at the same time mitigating its economic impact in our communities.

Small Business Assistance

Small businesses desperately need emergency assistance to bridge the gap and stay afloat until the crisis passes. Click for ways LISC is providing assistance to the small business community including grants from the Rapid Relief and Resiliency Fund and access to SBA programs. [...]

LISC Grantee and Borrower Resources

We recognize that our community-based partners are on the front lines of this crisis and many of are facing great urgency to respond to the needs of the people they serve. Click for information about how LISC is being flexible and responsive to our borrowers and grantees. [...]

Donate to the Rapid Relief & Resiliancy Fund

The LISC Rapid Relief and Resiliency Fund will inject much-needed, flexible resources into historically under-invested communities. These are the places that are suffering most from the economic fallout gripping our nation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Donate now. [...]

News & Stories

5.27.2020 - ,

LISC Partners with City of Phoenix on EPA Brownfields Loan Fund

LISC Phoenix is glad to partner with the City of Phoenix to manage the $800,000 Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund as part of a grant from the EPA.

5.18.2020 - , ,

Banking on community trust and relationships to secure equitable access to PPP

It’s OK to assign serendipity, happenstance or even fate to the remarkable story of how 14 family-owned small businesses in the Phoenix-metro area secured critically needed COVID-19 federal response loans early this month. They were lucky in many ways.

5.12.2020 - , ,

2 Beloved Small Restaurants Receive Verizon LISC Small Business Recovery Fund Grants

Two Valley businesses were among the first round of grants awarded from the LISC Rapid Relief and Recovery Fund. Thanks to support from funders like Verizon and Sam's Club, LISC is providing grants to small businesses to help them keep functioning and remain vital facets of their local economies through this challenging period. Read about the difference this grant will make for The Refuge Café in Phoenix and Pedrito’s Mexican Food in Mesa.

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5.07.2020 -

The Imperative of Housing for Covid-19 Recovery

In an op-ed for Philadelphia's local PBS and NPR affiliate, LISC Philly executive director Andrew Frishkoff and housing program officer Carolyn Placke stress the importance of keeping people housed, and shoring up the groups that develop and manage affordable housing, in the Covid-19 era. Government at all levels, together with CDFIs, they argue, must activate emergency rental assistance and financial and capacity support for affordable housing managers in order to protect vulnerable residents and facilitate economy recovery.

5.06.2020 - ,

Food Justice During COVID-19

LISC Phoenix has partnered with InSite Consultants for a series on online dialogues about racial equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for one of these upcoming sessions. More will be announced at