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Overview.jpgWe Help Neighbors Build Communities

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) believes that everyone should have the right to live in a safe, prosperous neighborhood full of opportunities. Since 1981, Boston LISC has been working towards this vision by providing funding, financing, and technical assistance to Community Development Corporations (CDCs), Non-Profit Developers, and Policy & Advocacy Organizations in Greater Boston. With Boston LISC’s support, community developers have been able to and will continue to provide affordable housing, spark economic development, and increase access to high-quality education, transportation, and other crucial resources.


We Bring New Opportunities to Neighborhoods by...

 Supporting Local
  Community Developers
Leveraging National Resources
Promoting Comprehensive
  Community Development
LISC is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity – good places to work, do business, and raise children. LISC mobilizes corporate, government, and philanthropic support to provide local community development organizations with:
  • Loans, grants, and equity investments
  • Local, statewide, and national policy support
  • Technical and management assistance
LISC is a national organization with a community focus. Our program staff members are based in every city and many of the rural areas where LISC-supported community development takes shape. In collaboration with local community development groups, LISC staff help identify priorities and challenges, delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs.

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LISC is Building Sustainable Communities by achieving five goals:
  •  Expanding Investment in Housing and Other Real Estate 
  • Increasing Family Income and Wealth 
  • Stimulating Economic Development 
  • Improving Access to Quality Education 
  • Supporting Healthy Environments and Lifestyles


Our Impact

Since 1981, Boston LISC community investments have:
  • Financed approximately 2 million square feet of retail, office, and industrial space
  • Financed six recreational and community facilities projects
  • Provided more than $20 million in operating support and program funding to more than 50 non-profit organizations
  • Financed more 12,000 affordable homes and apartments, housing approximately 30,000 people
  • Trained more than 500 individuals working at CDCs
  • Placed more than 120 interns and AmeriCorps members at CDCs







“LISC has a unique role to play as a national organization with a strong Boston presence. A significant part of the role is as a transmission belt for both ideas and resources to support community development in greater Boston.”
• Bob Van Meter,
Executive Director
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