Lisc Phoenix

June 11, 2019

LISC’s first Opportunity Zone Playbook is here

We’re excited to share the first installment of the LISC Opportunity Zones Playbook series, “Navigating the Opportunity Zones: Community Partners.” This playbook is geared to the people and organizations committed to community revitalization and shared prosperity for all residents. Forthcoming playbooks will be targeted to impact investors and impact developers […]
May 23, 2019

NFL/LISC Grassroots Program and Arizona Cardinals Grant $250,000 to Install a New Synthetic Turf Football Field at Phoenix’s Sevilla Elementary School

Award is part of $3 million in new grants to athletic fields nationwide PHOENIX – MAY 21, 2019 – The Alhambra Elementary School District has been granted $250,000 by the Arizona Cardinals through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program to install a synthetic turf football field at Phoenix’s Sevilla […]
May 20, 2019

2019 Annual Event

April 24, 2019

2018 Annual Report

We're excited to share some highlights from the past year in our 2018 LISC Phoenix Annual Report. Read the report to see how partners make our work possible.
April 23, 2019

Anti-displacement strategies signal winds of change in community development

On a recent spring day in south Phoenix, nature served up a chilly wind and some sprinkles of rain as a reminder of its power to affect how people feel. A few dozen desert dwellers who had gathered at the Rio Salado Recreation Area for a conversation about the socioeconomic […]
April 17, 2019

May 14: Celebrate the Expansion of the LISC FOC Network

Join us for a celebration of the LISC Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) Network expansion. We will be joined by LISC CEO Maurice Jones to highlight the success of our the FOCs at International Rescue Committee and Desert Mission Food Bank and welcoming our two newest sites to the network, Tempe Community Action Agency and Arouet Foundation. […]
January 14, 2019

Turning the Corner

As central Phoenix rapidly grows, this interactive story map is a research tool to document and assess the impact of change in neighborhoods along transit corridors. It provides data that can be used by city planners, government officials, corporate leaders, philanthropy, community nonprofits and neighborhood advocates to better acknowledge shifting […]
January 14, 2019

Strong Towns founder Charles Marohn urges people-first approach to urban development

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” — Jane Jacobs, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” The definition of insanity, the adage goes, is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. Charles […]
November 6, 2018

Valor on Eighth marshals resources, inspires hope for veterans

Honor, dignity and opportunity took up residence at Valor on Eighth when the Tempe apartment community designed and built for under-served veterans opened in January. Hope and determination have made themselves comfortable there, too. With Valor, housing and veterans’ advocates scored a victory in the ongoing battle to create decent, […]
October 31, 2018

2018 Annual Event Wrap-Up

October 31, 2018

2018 Exemplary Project: Coffelt-Lamoreaux Homes HIA

Before the Housing Authority of Maricopa County moved forward with the redevelopment of the oldest affordable housing community in their stock, they commissioned a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to understand the impact of their decisions. The Coffelt-Lamoreaux Public Housing Redevelopment HIA analyzed data and gathered interviews to understand the experiences […]
October 31, 2018

2018 Exemplary Partner: WESCAP

When William Spreitzer founded WESCAP Investments, Inc. in 1980, affordable housing wasn’t on his radar. But since working with the city of Flagstaff in 1995 on an affordable living project, WESCAP has become a leading force for affordable housing completing 25 developments in Arizona and 10 more in the Midwest. […]
October 31, 2018

2018 Exemplary Collaborative: World Bazaar & Phoenix Community Market

Shoppers come out to the World Bazaar & Phoenix Community Market twice a year in the park-and-ride lot at 19th Ave. and Camelback to experience delicious food, live music and artisan shopping. The idea grew out of the immigrant and refugee community seeking to introduce themselves to Phoenix and longing […]
October 15, 2018

Small Business Resource Fair with GoDaddy

Are you ready for small business Saturday and for the rush of holiday shoppers? Join GoDaddy experts for a free small business resource fair on November 13th to get your business ready for the season. GoDaddy small business consultants will be available to chat with you about your business, your […]
September 12, 2018

LISC and Kiva help local shop owners gain critical access to capital

Perodin Bideri, a west Phoenix shop owner who was raised in refugee camps in Tanzania, and Christy Moore, a veteran Valley nonprofit executive who is on a mission to disrupt the landromat industry, are in the same boat. Both are seeing things — opportunities, specifically. Both have a brand of […]
August 8, 2018

Impact 2008-2018

LISC Phoenix’s investments spur double-digit population, buying power growth over a 10-year period
July 2, 2018

Invitation for CDCs to Apply for FOC Planning Grants

LISC Phoenix seeks applications from community development corporations (CDCs) for support to assess their feasibility of joining the LISC Phoenix Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) Network and plan for program alignment. CDCs that are funded through this grant and successfully complete the assessment process may be invited to join the LISC Phoenix Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) […]
June 19, 2018

Affordable homeownership opportunities growing from LISC partner

In a Phoenix metropolitan area known for urban sprawl, two affordable housing infill projects are getting to the heart of matters of homeownership and healthy community development. Price, location and cool design features will attract buyers to a split-lot, single-family home project near downtown Phoenix and to “micro estates” near […]
June 16, 2018

GoDaddy Summer Workshops Series

We’re excited to be expanding our partnership with GoDaddy to bring coaching to small businesses in our targeted commercial corridors. Thank you to our corridor managers from Trellis and International Rescue Committee for hosting the workshops and connecting McDowell and West Camelback businesses and micro-entrepreneurs with these opportunities.
May 10, 2018

2018 Annual Breakfast