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The LISC Online Resource Library, located on the national LISC web site, is LISC's web portal to information resources on community development. It includes LISC's collection of downloadable publications such as case studies, trade articles, policy briefs, in-depth papers, and best practices. The Resource Library also offers links to other community development resources, as well as access to past Experts Online webcasts.

Bay Area LISC is pleased to make its policy studies and publications about community development in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California  available online .  However, hard copies are available for a $5 fee. Please let us know which report and/or and publication you would like to order.


As part of our comprehensive strategy—Building Sustainable Communities—LISC is tackling this pressing need through an expansive network of Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) in dozens of communities nationwide. FOCs help clients find and maintain good jobs, stick to realistic budgets, improve their credit and save for the future. And they are located in the same neighborhoods where LISC is investing in housing and health, reducing crime, strengthening schools and re-energizing commercial corridors. 

This second report can be downloaded Here


Check out a great Community Development Data Guidebook 

Collecting sound data and using it intelligently is consistently important for community developers, to evaluate the results of their own work and to tell the story of that work to residents, funders and other important stakeholders. 

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco has compiled a “how to” guide focused on collecting and using data for community development research. The new guidebook identifies sources of community development data and advises on effective use of the information they contain.The Handbook can be downloaded Here

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LISC study details strategies that make poor neighborhoods more resilient. New research connects investments in low-income communities to direct gains in employment and income.

A new study of dozens of poor communities across the country found that families fared better economically in places where a far-reaching revitalization effort addressed multiple community needs at one time—affordable housing, safety, education, employment and other basic services.

Conducted by the Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC), the in-depth study looked at 63 neighborhoods where the nonprofit has been investing for more than a decade and found that employment and incomes each grew by 9 percent more than they did in similar communities that were not part of LISC’s long-term investment strategy. The comprehensive report with great case studies may be downloaded Here

  Building Community through Economic Development - An Evaluation of the Neighborhood Marketplace Initiative: We believe there is no better place to start focused community-building efforts. Commercial districts are the heart of neighborhoods – economically, socially, and culturally. To accomplish this, we developed a holistic approach to commercial corridor revitalization that supports local leadership to plan, implement, and coordinate a variety of community development activities.  This is our Neighborhood Marketplace Initiative (NMI) model.  The evaluation report documents the impact of NMI in five original sites in San Francisco using data collected from 2005-2009 to help assess results.  The Executive Summary of the report may be downloaded here.
  Redwoods Green PNA: This Physical Needs Assessment piloted an integrated approach to PNAs.  It incorporates green building components into a traditional PNA.
  Against All Odds: The Business of Managing Affordable Housing - a comprehensive survey of property managers of affordable housing in the Bay Area, covering seventeen management entities with a combined portfolio of over 66,000 units of affordable housing.

Bedbugs: Guidelines for Best Practices in Prevention and Treatment - a publication from the Bedbug Task Force, a coalition of affordable housing property managers, public health officials, and other brough together by Bay Area LISC to share experiences and suggestions in dealing with bedbugs.



    Building for the Future: Affordable Housing Need and Development in San Francisco, 1996-2003- The first complete inventory of affordable housing production and related economic activity for the past seven years in San Francisco. The report details how local dedicated housing funds have a track record of addressing unmet housing needs now and how it is a smart investment for the future. It also calls on San Francisco to renew its investment in affordable housing.
    Commercial Revitalization Planning Guide: A Toolkit for Community Based Organizations - This guide is filled with detailed direction that will provide practitioners with a starting point for strategic, comprehensive planning. It takes the reader through each stage of revitalization from planning, research, and visioning to understanding the potential of the community, analyzing the business mix, marketing the assets, and implementing the work plan. The planning guide also provides a set of practical tools to assist in implementation.
    Durable CDCs Conference Paper - Bay Area LISC, with the generous support of Wells Fargo Bank Foundation, hosted a conference in 2003 on organizational sustainability for executive directors and deputy directors of community development corporations around the region.
    Evaluation of San Francisco Bay Area LISC’s Affordable Housing and Community Development Training Program - a report on the effectiveness of the HDTI which has trained over 65 Bay Area Project Managers since 1990.
  Getting Started with Green Preservation: An Introduction to Issues and Resources for Greening Existing Affordable Housing aims to take one more essential step toward green preservation by focusing on the overall redevelopment process withing the context of regulatory and financing issues presernted by preservation transactions.  This guide serves as an introduction for owners and preservation purchasers who have little exposure to green building concepts and for those with basic exposure to technical issues who may benefit from a framework for organizing the process. 
    Green Operations and Maintenance: Toolkit and Buyer's Guide - This guide provides an overview of why operations and maintenance staff should care about greening their facilities, as well as a green toolkit of products — including paint, cleaning products, flooring and carpet, and lighting — that could be incorporated into operations. Finally, the guide provides a substantial matrix of green products, estimated costs, and local retailers. The guide was funded by The Home Depot Foundation.
  Green Rehabilitation of Multifamily Rental Properties: A Resource Guide - An accessible and in-depth tool to help affordable housing owners and their consultants integrate green building and energy efficiency into the upgrades of their multifamily properties. Bay Area LISC developed the guide with Build It Green, a Berkeley based non-profit organization promoting healthy and energy efficient housing. The guide contains four sections – site condition and systems, building construction, mechanical systems and interior spaces – with advice on incorporating the green building principles of energy efficiency, water conservation, resource conservation, and healthy indoor environments.
    Grocery Store Attraction Strategies: A Resource Guide for Community Activists and Local Governments - This nuts-and-bolts resource guide was designed to help communities organize a coordinated strategy for grocery store attraction. Because there are so many related challenges to be addressed, a short report can only provide a starting point.Throughout the document, we list available resources that can be useful in efforts to attract new grocery stores to underserved communities.
  Housing Silicon Valley: A 20 Year Plan to End the Affordable Housing Crisis- The study quantifies the scale of the affordable housing crisis in Santa Clara County — one of the most expensive regions in the nation — finding that more than 40,000 households currently experience severe housing needs. A further 90,000 new affordable housing units must be built in the next twenty years and $200 million invested annually in order to provide adequate housing.
    Investing Where It Matters: A Survey of Community Development in the San Francisco Bay Area -  The results of this study confirm what community development insiders have long known: that CDCs are crucial to filling the gaps created by individual and family poverty and the market’s disinvestment in low-income communities. They are, in many instances, the only effective agent of revitalization in neighborhoods abandoned by private markets.
  State of the CDCs 2005: An Assessment of Community Development in the Bay Area- This study surveys the work of 45 Bay Area community development corporations (CDCs) over the lifetimes of the organizations. The study quantifies the critical role of CDCs in meeting local communities’ needs and draws conclusions for funders, policymakers, and society on how we can best support CDCs to ensure that they remain a vital force in the region.
    The California Affordable Housing Cost Study: Comparison of Market-Rate and Affordable Rental Projects - This study examines the cost to produce affordable and market rate housing in California in an empirical, case-study manner to identify differences, understand the underlying causes of those differences, and provide a basis for recommending industry changes to reduce and control the cost of developing affordable housing.