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May 8, 2017

What Can Tax Credits Do?

Ever since its approval by Congress in 1986, LISC has been using Low Income Housing Tax Credits to help build quality, affordable housing in places that desperately need it. The five articles that follow are a sampling of how we document the ripple effect of those homes—the way they leverage […]
November 18, 2016

CEO Maurice Jones Lays Out “Audacious Goals” for LISC

Nation’s Largest Community Developer Presents Bold Vision for Rebuilding Struggling Communities New LISC CEO Maurice Jones Launches Agenda that Places Living-Wage Jobs and Low-Income Families at the Center of the 21st-Century American Story HOUSTON, TX (NOVEMBER 18, 2016) – “This is not a time for us to get quiet, it’s […]
August 5, 2016

Ford Foundation workshop helps South Phoenix communities prepare for light rail

A $700 million transportation infrastructure investment is heading toward south Phoenix by way of a light rail system extension. It’s coming sooner rather than later — or never, which was its fate at one point in the regional transit plan. Valley Metro’s 5.5-mile South Central Extension is a huge win […]
June 16, 2016

LISC Names a New CEO

Maurice Jones, Virginia’s commerce secretary and a former HUD official, has been chosen to serve as LISC’s new president and CEO. He succeeds Michael Rubinger, who will step down after 17 years as CEO. Jones brings to the leadership role a career’s worth of business, management and policy experience and […]
May 26, 2016

2015 Annual Report

When it comes to community development, we often say that the numbers don’t really tell the story. This is not one of those times. 2015 was the best year in LISC’s history, and the numbers themselves underscore an expanding level of local impact. Last year, LISC did more to fuel […]
April 15, 2016

The (Re)Making of Mesa

Community leaders and activists have revived Mesa’s downtown using arts and culture and made it a place that’s welcoming and relevant to all residents, regardless of income. Now, with the arrival of the light rail, they hope to add the affordable housing and jobs that could turn Arizona’s third largest […]
April 5, 2016

Phoenix on the Verge

In the wake of decades of unbridled sprawl, the Great Recession and the foreclosure crisis, there’s new light in the Valley of the Sun. With the right support and resources, and the commitment of steadfast community partners, transit-oriented development along the burgeoning Phoenix light rail could be the region’s ticket […]
April 5, 2016

Communities of Connection in the Valley of the Sun

Native American Connections excels at building beautiful and sustainable low-income housing and delivering behavioral health support to tribal Arizonans—and anyone else who comes to their door. As the light rail brings high-end development to the city’s inner core, the longtime LISC partner remains a stalwart in helping transform the lives […]
March 14, 2016

Main Street Gets Creative, Artists Invade Downtown Businesses

Local Artists get $1000 mini-grants to partner with Local Businesses in Downtown Mesa Mesa, AZ: This fall, five local artists will partner with Downtown Mesa businesses to engage the community and bring vibrancy and life to Main Street. In a program called Ripple, the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) will fund artists with […]
March 14, 2016

Mesa’s Arts & Culture District, needs more arts & culture

Yes, we have the Mesa Arts Center (MAC), the i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa Contemporary Arts, and the Second Friday Art Walk, so why does it still feel like something is missing? That question can be answered with two words: Creative Placemaking. You may be asking yourself, what is this thing, this placemaking? In […]
September 18, 2015

Heard Museum’s Phoenix Indian School Exhibit Opening Sept. 25th

HEARD MUSEUM’S PHOTOS, HISTORIC OBJECTS FROM THROUGHOUT HISTORY OF PHOENIX INDIAN SCHOOL IN EXHIBIT TO OPEN AT HERITAGE SQUARE SEPT. 25 Exhibit is part of Phoenix Indian School Legacy Project showing efforts to renovate former school’s Music Building into a community center PHOENIX – The 99-year history of the Phoenix […]
August 24, 2015

LISC, Raza Development Fund pledge $30 million to spur transit-oriented development in low-income communities

LISC, Raza Development Fund pledge $30 million to spur transit-oriented development in low-income communities Secretary Foxx, mayors applaud effort to leverage light rail for local growth PHOENIX (August 24, 2015)— Just days before the opening of the Central Mesa extension of the light rail, two local nonprofits have announced $30 […]
June 29, 2015

DPCDC Development Activity

Author: Dan Klocke, Downtown Phoenix CDC Executive Director and Stephanie Brewer, LISC Phoenix Program Officer Last year, LISC Phoenix awarded the Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation (DPCDC) a grant to work on potential real estate projects on vacant land in Downtown Phoenix.  DPCDC’s mission is to bring housing and community […]
June 26, 2015

Transit Means Smart Growth, Terry Benelli

  By Terry Bennelli When people think of Phoenix, more often than not it’s the city’s wide open spaces, our mountain peaks and desert landscapes.  This big space beauty and lifestyle make the Phoenix Metro area one of the greatest places to live.  What people may not consider when choosing […]
April 24, 2015

Bridging Economic Inequality

Author: Michelle Sullivan, President of the Caterpillar Foundation and Terry Benelli, Executive Director of LISC Phoenix Phoenix is caught in an economic chasm. On one side, the metro area is robust and diverse, bouncing back from the foreclosure crisis to attract new businesses and residents.  On the other, it suffers from one of the highest big-city poverty rates in the country, […]
March 12, 2015

Position Announcement Assistant Program Officer – Economic Opportunity – Lending and Grant Administration Support

Author: Stephanie Brewer, LISC Phoenix Position Announcement Assistant Program Officer – Economic Opportunity – Lending and Grant Administration Support Anticipated Start Date:  April 15, 2015 Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), widely recognized as the nation’s premier community development intermediary, has a 30-year history of investing in community-based organizations focused on […]
February 3, 2015

Apache Blvd Redevelopment Update

Author: Terry Benelli, Executive Director of LISC Phoenix Apache Blvd Redevelopment Update The LISC Phoenix community development work continues to move beyond single issue, project-based strategies toward more complex, inter-connected, and cross-sectored approaches to community revitalization. In 2014, LISC Phoenix supported work to revitalize a two-mile stretch of the Apache Boulevard […]
February 2, 2015

A Message from Terry Benelli, LISC Phoenix Executive Director

Author: Terry Benelli, Executive Director of LISC Phoenix Neighborhood revitalization has been a career theme of mine since the mid 1980’s. The move from grass roots organizer to program developer, and now to Executive Director of LISC Phoenix, feels like a natural progression. I realize that “neighborhood revitalization” means something […]
December 8, 2014

Lifelong Civic Crusader to Head LISC Phoenix

Author: LISC LISC Press Release Contact: Mariano Diaz: (213) 240-3119, MDiaz@lisc.org Susan Castro-Valenzuela: (213) 240-3141, SCastro@lisc.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –December 8, 2014 Lifelong Civic Crusader to Head LISC Phoenix Phoenix— Terry Benelli, a veteran community development leader, will be the new executive director of the Local Initiatives Support Corp.’s (LISC) […]
September 8, 2014

LISC Phoenix Executive Director, Teresa Brice, retiring at the end of the year

Author: Stephanie Brewer, LISC Phoenix For Immediate Release Mariano Diaz LISC Western Region Program Vice President 213-240-3119 mdiaz@lisc.org Stephanie Brewer LISC Phoenix Program Officer 602-252-6314 sbrewer@lisc.org   LISC Phoenix Executive Director, Teresa Brice, retiring at the end of the year After 8 years at LISC Phoenix, Teresa Brice is retiring […]