LISC National

We believe in rural America.

What is Rural LISC?

In 1995, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a community development support organization working in metropolitan areas across the country, launched Rural LISC, a national program created to expand LISC's reach beyond urban areas to include rural communities. Today, Rural LISC partners with 86 rural community-based organizations, including five financial intermediaries, helping them identify challenges and opportunities, and delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs. Together we are working to transform communities in more than 2,100 counties across 45 states.

Recognizing that rural communities' needs are not focused on agriculture alone, Rural LISC provides a wide range of services, including training, technical assistance, information and financial support, to help rural community developers address the problems rural communities face.  We use our Comprehensive Community Development Strategy to support our Partners in expanding investment in housing and real estate, increasing family income and wealth, stimulating economic development, improving access to quality education, and growing healthy environments and lifestyles.

Our News & Stories

11.07.2019 -

LISC CEO tours Self-Help Enterprises’ work in California’s San Joaquin Valley

Since 1965, Rural LISC partner Self-Help Enterprises, Inc. has worked with families in California’s San Joaquin Valley to create affordable housing and strong communities. Last month, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones joined Self-Help Enterprises' leadership, staff and clients to share the rural community development experience.

11.05.2019 -

Renovations being made for the future generations of Pine Bluff

This fall, the city of Pine Bluff has big plans to fix their schools, in hopes that students and teachers will start to regain their pride. If you didn't know it yet, you know it by now. For the past year, Pine Bluff has been in a revitalization period. Between efforts like Go Forward and the city's focus on bringing the downtown back to life, tables are turning. Now, change is being made for the future generations.

11.04.2019 -

Meet Miocar: An electric car-share you can rent in Visalia for $4

Forget Uber and Lyft — meet Miocar. The product of an innovative partnership between the Valley Air District, Self-Help Enterprises, UC Davis and a handful of Valley businesses, Miocar offers an affordable and emissions-free alternative to ride-sharing services for Tulare County residents.