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January 2014 LISC AmeriCorps Spotlight!

Francessca Falcone is serving as a Housing Counsellor at Worcester East Side CDC through Boston LISC AmeriCorps. She has a strong background in housing services and is fully trained in many aspects of housing counseling.  She brings a fresh technological perspective and is helping to develop new, creative service delivery models. Worcester East Side CDC is excited to have her and is looking forward to working together to continue to provide a wide variety of services throughout the community.


Meet March's AmeriCorps Member Spotlight!

A member of the Boston LISC AmeriCorps, Ken Comia is serving as the Community Planner for the Fenway Community Development Corporation. He brings community-based and participatory planning experience from his time in New York City to the Fenway. He believes in a strong community that knows how to communicate its needs and strengthen its voice so that it can be a player in a town of many players. The wonderful, active Fenway community has given him the enthusiasm to devote his energies into making it even better, as the Fenway CDC seeks to create a more transparent, fair and participatory planning process in Boston.  To find out more information on Boston LISC's AmeriCorps program click here.


Year 15 Transition Strategies for LIHTC Properties

Join the Mel King Institute and LISC’s national Housing program for this training to prepare owners of Low Income Housing Tax Credit-financed housing to plan for Year 15 and beyond. May 13, 2014, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm 9:00 am Breakfast. Lunch provided. The morning will feature presentations by LISC on issues for LIHTC-funded properties nearing the 15-year mark, including the nuts and bolts of the Limited Partner buyout process; determination of the buyout purchase price, including calculation of exit taxes; integration of operational and capital needs into the Year 15 plan; and financing strategies at this milestone.  In the afternoon, there will be a discussion with local lenders on permanent financing options to recapitalize properties.

May 13, 2014 

Tent City, Dow Room, 130 Dartmouth Street

Boston, MA 02116 

T-Accessible - Orange Line to Back Bay

The training team will also be available for brief one on one appointments to answer questions on specific deals. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if interested in scheduling one. Register here

Mayor Marty Walsh and JPNDC Inaugurate six Businesses in Jamaica Plain

Mayor Martin Walsh cut the ribbon to inaugurate six businesses at Blessed Sacrament (363-365 Centre St) a LISC New Market deal in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Boston LISC was also a participant in the original acquistion loan for Jamaica Plain NDC's acquisition of this large Catholic church campus.    Bob Van Meter, Boston LISC's Executive Director, was there and got a chance to say a few words to the Mayor about our investment in the project. The Spanish local newspaper "El Mundo" published the article in their April 3-9 2014 edition.  JPNDC's Executive Director Richard Thal was quoted to say that "We are happy with the businesses because they fit and complement this Latino Community of Boston".  Find the complete article here ( In Spanish).


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 intensive, one-day LEED Green Associate training. The LEED Green Associate accreditation, achieved by passing the requisite exam, is the first tier of professional credentialing offered by the Green Building Certification Institute. In preparation of the exam, this training delved into the fundamental principles of the LEED green building rating system, including water efficiency, clean energy, indoor air quality, and waste management strategies.


Intern Update: Writing a Master's Thesis

Steve Griffith - March 26, 2014
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As a final stepping-stone to the achievement of my master's degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, I am currently working to finalize my thesis, tentatively entitled “The Natural Gas Dilemma in New England’s Electricity Sector”.
Currently, more than 50 percent of  New England’s electricity is generated by natural gas. Although 'cleaner' than coal or oil generation, natural gas is a fossil fuel that contributes to climate change-inducing greenhouse gas emissions. My thesis explores experts' perspectives on state and regional policy opportunities available to reconcile this natural gas reliance with the region's ambitious long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. To inform the thesis, I conducted fifteen interviews with regional energy and climate experts from non-profit advocacy and association groups, private sector energy consultancies, environmental protection agencies, state utility commissions, and regional energy authorities.  

The 10th Annual Black Policy Conference

The election of America’s first African-American president has spurred healthy debate across the nation as to whether the notion that we live in a “post-racial” era is a reality or a fallacy. Recent policy debates, high-profile cases, and incidents of injustice within the past year have challenged this “post-racial” notion, leaving some to question the extent to which the nation has either progressed towards or regressed from the the ideal of equal justice and opportunity for all.

As we embark on the milestone of celebrating our 10th year of the Black Policy Conference at Harvard Kennedy School, we hope to explore not just the challenges, but more importantly, what opportunity and identity looks like in the shadow of evolving assumptions of a “post-racial” era. We will challenge the popular perceptions of the current state of affairs and propose innovative solutions in the public policy arenas of education, health, criminal justice, and international affairs. Melissa Jones, Program Officer at Boston LISC will be on a panel at the conference.
The 2014 Harvard Black Policy Conference takes place at Harvard Kennedy School, April 4-5, 2014 Please register here

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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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