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Building Neighborhood-Driven Pathways to Neighborhood-Owned Equity

June 29, 2022

The news that the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade, and removing a half century of constitutional protection allowing women to obtain an abortion, did not come as a surprise. After all, some states had already imposed ...

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I was recently in Indianapolis, celebrating the accomplishments of a local community organization, the Indianapolis Housing Partnership (INHP), with my colleagues and our partners. INHP has been an innovator in virtually every aspect of accessible, affordable homeownership. They offer a variety ...

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In an op-ed for the Providence Journal, Jeanne Cola, executive director of LISC Rhode Island, makes the important case for state government to leverage private and public resources to create quality housing that can stem the affordability crisis and boost local economies. Writes Cola, of the ...

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2022 marks my fifteenth year at LISC supporting our network of Financial Opportunity Center® (FOC) partners. During that time, I’ve seen the model, inspired by the hopes of my Chicago neighbors, grow from four sites in the city to over 130 sites based in community organizations across the United ...

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This week marks the last days of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The commemoration that began as a “heritage week” was first championed in the 1970s by a Congressional staffer named Jeanie Jew, and signed into law by Jimmy Carter in 1979. Nearly 15 years later, Congress finally ...

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14208. That is the zip code stalked by a racist who massacred 10 people and wounded three others in East Buffalo this weekend. His specific target: Black people.  There are no words to describe the visceral anger and grief that all of us at LISC are feeling. What happened in Buffalo was utterly ...

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In the summer of 2020, MacKenzie Scott gave a $40 million unrestricted grant to LISC, the largest donation from an individual the organization had received in its 40-year history. Today, that transformative gift is being put to work for racial justice. Scott, whose stake in Amazon has made her ...

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The following is a re-publication of a blog that was initially posted on March 2, 2022: It may not have been a formal State of the Union address, but President Biden’s remarks to Congress last night nonetheless had the same tone of agenda-setting and consensus-building that an annual address ...

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The first months of pandemic in 2020 saw an uptick in domestic violence, followed by a surge in gun violence that has not abated. As kids returned to K-12 classrooms, schools experienced a 300 percent jump in gun-related incidents compared with autumn 2019, along with increased reports of ...

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Federal economic development policies and programs have long played a critical role in fostering opportunity and resiliency for small businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic impacts reminded us of the fragility of small businesses, particularly those owned by economically ...

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More than 40 percent of Americans lived in counties affected by climate-related disasters in 2021, from hurricanes in the East to wildfires and drought in the West, to a historic cold snap in Texas, to heat waves and tornadoes. Scientists expect millions more people will be directly affected by ...

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