Living Wall Installation 4.22.16

Bayview Living Wall: With funding from the IIN Community Challenge Grant from the City of San Francisco, LISC partnered with EDoT, Project Bayview, Flora Grubb, Ewing Irrigation, Triple BK Landscape, & consultant Steven Eichler to install a "Living Wall" on the fence next to the Huli Huli Hawaiian Grill.

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NFL Foundation Grassroots Community Football Field Program RFP

 

Bay Area LISC is excited to announce the NFL Foundation Grassroots Community Football Field Program Request for Proposals (RFP). The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program is a partnership of the National Football League Foundation, which provides funding for the Program, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), which provides technical assistance and manages the program. 

The goal of the Program is to provide non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields. The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program provides grants of up to $250, 000 for capital improvement projects. 

To find out more about funding levels, eligibility, and application procedures - join our live webcast scheduled for May 24th, 2016.  Feel free to share this information with other interested stakeholders. The application deadline is August 15th 2016. Please direct questions about this opportunity to Beverly Smith, LISC Sports and Recreation Senior Program Director, at BSmith@lisc.orgDownload the NFL Grassroots RFP here. Thank you! 

In Memory of Margaret Gee

We are deeply saddened to announce that Margaret Gee, Executive Director of Bay Area LISC, passed away Monday afternoon after a long battle with cancer.

It is a devastating loss for her family, friends and colleagues. Margaret was a devoted mother to two teenagers and a tireless advocate for communities. She never wavered in her commitment to equity, defending the rights of people pushed to the economic margins. She didn’t do it because it was her job—she did it because it was her passion.  She lived her values every day.

Margaret was an integral member of the LISC family for 11 years. She started out as program officer, rose quickly to deputy director and took the reigns as executive director in 2013. All along the way, she led our Bay Area work with skill and generosity. What’s more, she shared her insights throughout the LISC network, supporting co-workers and helping inform community development plans across the country.

Before joining LISC, Margaret held top staff positions at some of the most respected community development organizations in the Bay Area, including East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation and Chinatown CDC. Indeed, Chinatown CDC honored her during its recent annual gala, highlighting her commitment to strong community values and her efforts to empower residents.

In many ways, Margaret was the glue that held together the organizations where she worked. She lifted up those around her and made us all better for knowing her. We will miss her calm demeanor, radiant smile and warmth as much as we will miss her deep determination to improve the world around her. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this terribly difficult time. We will have updates soon on plans for honoring Margaret's memory.

Welcome to Bay Area LISC

Bay Area LISC is one site of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development support organization. Our mission is to help community residents create healthy and sustainable places of choice and opportunity.

Bay Area LISC equips struggling communities with the capital, strategy and know-how to become places where people can thrive.

Our transformative community-building programs of affordable housing, neighborhood and family economic development are helping to bridge the economic divide for low-income families across the San Francisco Bay region. Working closely with corporate and philanthropic support, we provide loans, grants and equity investments, policy support, as well as the technical and management assistance to help create good places to live, work, do business and raise children

LISC engages in a wide array of programs and services to the nonprofit and public sectors throughout the nine Bay Area counties with emphasis on Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Santa Clara.  

 

LISC's 2015 Advanced Housing Development Training Institute

Capital OneThe Bay Area and Los Angeles LISC offices successfully completed LISC’s Advanced Housing Development Training Institute (HDTI). This 3.5 day training focused on utilizing tax credits and tax exempt bonds to finance the preservation and creation of affordable housing. Since 1998, the California LISC offices have offered Advanced HDTI to supplement our yearlong Housing Development Training Institute which provides project managers with the skills and peer support to create and preserve affordable housing in our communities.

 

 

“This training was highly applicable. 99.9 percent of the information will be used my day to day responsibilities. The facilitators brought a lot of timely information, humor and experience. It is very apparent that this training has finely tuned its format/ All presenters clearly put a lot of work into creating great presentations!” HDTI Advanced Trainee

Working closely with corporate, public and philanthropic support, LISC provides loans, grants and equity investments, policy support, as well as the technical and management assistance to help create places where people can thrive.

LISC’s Advanced HDTI is made possible by the generous support of Capital One Foundation.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week Through Service

Bay Area LISC staff celebrated National Volunteer Week by teaming up with its AmeriCorps Members to host a Day of Service on Friday, April 17th, 2015. Staff and Members worked alongside seniors at Lakeside Senior Housing to create unique hand-made art expressing what "home" means in their lives. The service project, filled with inspiration and energy, holds a special connection to our work in low-income communities.

For it was LISC’s acquisition loan that helped bridge funding from the Oakland Housing Authority and enabled community partner Satellite Affordable Housing Associates to purchase an adjacent property in foreclosure to complete the site assembly accommodating more units. 

Lakeside Senior Housing, affordable housing for low-income and disabled seniors just off Lake Merritt in Oakland, reflects the mission of LISC and its staff’s personal commitment to helping community residents create healthy and sustainable places to live.

AmeriCorps Members Make a Difference

LISC AmeriCorps Members 2015-16

Bay Area LISC places AmeriCorps members with local community-based organizations to expose AmeriCorps members (often local residents) to the field of community development and simultaneously increase the capacity of entities to implement their programs.

Build a Better Business District

Bay Area LISC in partnership with The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco hosted community and economic development professionals for three days of interactive and in-depth training about strategies for building better business districts.

The case study based training is relevant to practitioners from rural or urban settings who are looking to build expertise in commercial corridor development.

The comprehensive training helped the seasoned economic development professional as well as those new to the field understand the many important considerations for creating a better business district.

Peg Barringer, a nationally respected and highly sought-after community economic development trainer provided the three days of interactive and in-depth training.

Friends of Oakland Parks & Recreation received a $200K grant from The Oakland Raiders, LISC/NFL Foundation Grassroots Program

Friends of Oakland Parks & Recreation received a $200K grant from The Oakland Raiders through the LISC/NFL Foundation Grassroots Program. The Oakland Raiders through the LISC National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program, presented The Friends of Oakland Parks & Recreation with a $200,000 grant which will go towards installation of a new synthetic turf football field at Oakland’s Curt Flood Sports Complex.

The check was presented to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Oakland Parks & Recreation, Friends of Oakland Parks & Recreation, city and school officials, as well as field users and supporters of the Curt Flood Sports Complex. The grant from the Raiders, the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to the Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation is part of $2.5 million in field refurbishment awards allocated this year

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