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AmeriCorps Spotlight - Raul Jusino

Raul Jusino - I have been serving at the Allston Brighton CDC, as the LISC AmeriCorps Bilingual Homeownership Specialist. During this time, I have been able to help potential homeowners become more confident and better prepared for a huge step in their life. It has been a very rewarding experience to know that I have been able to play a positive role in this process, due to the great training and support I have gained through my team, The Homebuying Mentors. In my role I have not only taught Home buying classes in both Spanish and English, but I have also played a vital role in growing The Homebuying Mentors presence on Social Media. After my term ends, I look forward to continuing in Community Development and will also continue to work towards my goal of growing my DJ service company.  For more information on LISC's AmeriCorps program click here.

 

AmeriCorps Spotlight - Emma Walters

Emma Walters serves as the LISC AmeriCorps Community Engagement Coordinator at the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (ABCDC). She works with neighborhood residents to identify issues and problems within their communities and collaborates with them to find solutions. A resident of Allston herself, Emma has developed a deeper and more defined understanding of her community by engaging a wide range of residents and community activists throughout Allston Brighton. Emma has been inspired by community development work and hopes to continue in the field. She has a BA in International Relations and Religion from Boston University.  For more information on LISC's AmeriCorps program, click here.

   

AmeriCorps Spotlight -Shira Tiffany

Shira Tiffany serves as the LISC AmeriCorps Financial Stability Program Assistant at The Midas Collaborative. The Midas Collaborative is a statewide network of community groups increasing economic stability in Massachusetts. Shira supports Midas as they build capacity for their member organizations and provide direct services to Massachusetts residents. Shira supports community partner organizations as they provide residents with matched savings accounts. She also helps residents enroll in Midas’ free financial coaching program. Shira has enjoyed learning and serving at Midas and as an AmeriCorps member, sharing the last nine months with her fellow LISC AmeriCorps members, and the great introduction to the world of community development in Massachusetts. Shira hopes to continue to support community development work in Boston. She has a BA in International Development from Boston University. For more AmeriCorps articles click here.

   

It Takes All of Us!

LISC had a great year in 2013. We invested almost $800 million in urban and rural communities around the nation for new affordable housing, schools, safety programs, job services, and playing fields. We could not have done so without the tremendous support of our partners and funders. This year's report celebrates the partnerships and collaborations that make it work. We are proud of all that has been accomplished nationwide.  To view the full LISC 2013 Annual Report click here.

   

Interested in becoming an AmeriCorps Member Host?

LISC Boston invites Massachusetts non-profit partners to submit an application to host an AmeriCorps member. Members are funded through our national LISC AmeriCorps program via an application to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). LISC Boston will begin the program for full-time and half-time members on October 1, 2014 and continue through July 31, 2105. LISC Boston has 15 full-time 1700-hour, 2 half-time 900 hour, 2 quarter-time 450-hour, and 3 minimum-time 300-hour AmeriCorps positions available to invest in our neighborhoods. The goals of the LISC AmeriCorps are two-fold. First, we hope to provide community-based organizations the opportunity to implement projects which they could not otherwise do without the AmeriCorps member; and to give individuals committed to revitalizing low-income communities the opportunity to learn and develop skills in the field of community development. 

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Innovative new funding lifts, builds and strengthens Boston’s neighborhoods

A new national funding program is lifting the prospects of some of Boston’s toughest neighborhoods with new businesses and jobs, better affordable housing and help for families who need to stabilize their financial outlook.

This week, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced an expanded national partnership with Bank of America that will target $300,000 in resources toward improving Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan—all focused on improving the overall quality of life there.

Greater Boston LISC’s Resilient Communities/Resilient Families initiative has, with Bank of America support, enabled community residents to tackle community safety, open spaces and improving the economic vitality of neighborhoods and supporting needed affordable housing. Entrepreneurs from Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan have been received training and competed for prize money in a pitch contest to seed their new ventures. The new commitment will allow LISC to deepen that work in the coming years.

“There is nothing simple about lifting people out of poverty,” noted Bob Van Meter, executive director with Greater Boston LISC. “It’s not enough to build better housing and schools. It’s not enough to nurture new businesses or chip away at crime. We need to be tackling all those issues simultaneously if we are to create economic opportunity and help people live better. Bank of America is helping make sure we can do that.”

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Forum - LEED ND in Massachusetts Communities

Last week, LISC partnered with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) MA Chapter and the American Planning Association (APA) MA Chapter to hold a half-day forum focused on LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) in Massachusetts communities. The Mel King Institute and six other organizations also co-sponsored the event. The forum was a great success and drew 70 attendees from a range of professional disciplines engaged in affordable housing, planning, urban design, and sustainability. Panels focused on lessons learned from two LEED ND pilot projects, three new projects currently pursuing LEED ND, and another panel in which speakers discussed how LEED ND can be used as a planning tool for local governments.

Along with representatives from USGBC and APA MA Chapters, Bob Van Meter provided opening remarks that highlighted LISC’s involvement in LEED ND projects across the country in cities such as Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and of course Boston. Three of our CDC partners’ projects were featured during the event- the pilot project at Jackson Square in Roxbury, the Box District in Chelsea, and the Eco Innovation District in Codman Square.

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Boston LISC Staff Blog

Boston LISC Staff members share their perspective on LISC's work, the community development world. and many other topics.

LISC Hosts LEED Green Associate Training Steve Griffith - April 3, 2014 On March 18th, LISC partnered with the Massachusetts Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-MA) to host an ...
Intern Update: Writing a Master's Thesis Steve Griffith - March 26, 2014   As a final stepping-stone to the achievement of my master's degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Plan...
Reflections on the NESEA Building Energy ’14 Conference Steve Griffith - March 12, 2014 Last week, I attended my first Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Building Energy conference. The annua...
LISC Visits the White House - Bob Van Meter Affordable healthcare coverage available through the Affordable Care Act can improve the lives of low and moderate income residents in affordable hous...

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