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June 30, 2017

LISC Phoenix 2016 Annual Report

LISC Phoenix is proud to present our 2016 Annual Report. We invite you to download a copy and see for yourself the investments LISC Phoenix has made in our local communities over the last year.
June 14, 2017

‘Happy City’ author urges push for safe, healthy transportation corridors

The Phoenix metropolitan area has a world-class freeway system and wide arterial streets laid out in a marvelous grid pattern to move people around and within a vast, car-dependent region. Residents can’t be happy. Seriously. Neuropsychology, sociology and public health lessons about happiness tell us what we’ve done over 30 […]
May 24, 2017

Mesa Artspace Lofts Groundbreaking

In July 2015, business leaders, community development experts, arts advocates and city officials took a bus tour of a downtown Mesa area transformed by creative placemaking and transit-oriented development. John C. Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Mesa Mayor John Giles was among them. Tour […]
May 8, 2017

What Tax Credits Can 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 […]
April 28, 2017

Bazaar days make a world of difference at 19th Ave. and Camelback

The area near the Park-n-Ride lot at 19th Avenue and Camelback Road is one of the most ethnically rich, culturally diverse parts of Phoenix. It has been for decades, largely because of a large concentration of immigrants, including refugees who are part of resettlement programs. It is one thing to […]
March 30, 2017

Creative economic development efforts grow success in downtown Mesa

On a sunny March afternoon in downtown Mesa, a rooster’s call is louder than a light-rail train’s toots, a retiree tends a plot of an urban garden wrapped in local artists’ murals, and a party of four repeat customers talks shop during a meal at a restaurant with Mesa roots […]
February 23, 2017

Long-awaited redevelopment heating up in Apache Blvd. corridor

Apache Boulevard has a storied history as a major thoroughfare for travel and commerce. Long before it became a legacy route for motorists heading to the West Coast, it was a trade route indigenous people used to move goods and make community connections. The boulevard’s long timeline shows decades of […]
January 18, 2017

LISC push on economic development strikes a chord

When Maurice Jones became LISC CEO in September 2016, he set economic development as a key strategy to help lift up struggling communities. “You cannot have a sustainable growth path if you’re not figuring out how to make all of your communities ‘communities of opportunity’,” he said during a recent […]
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 30, 2015

TOD $30 Million Announcement

LISC Phoenix and Raza Development Fund pledge $30 million to spur transit oriented development
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 […]