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Overview.jpgHelping 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.


Bringing New Opportunities to Neighborhoods:

 Supporting Local
  Community Developers
Leveraging National Resources
Promoting Comprehensive
  Community Development
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.
  • Staff based in the cities and rural areas where LISC-supported community development takes shape.
  • Collaborating with local community development groups to identify priorities and challenges and 
  • Deliver the most appropriate support to meet local needs
LISC is Building Sustainable Communities by working towards 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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