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UDCDA Looks Ahead to Supporting Small Business Owners in the New Year

It’s been a busy year for our partners at the University District Community Development Association, and the New Year promises to bring more positive change to Bailey Avenue with the implementation of the Buffalo Main Streets Initiative. Click here to read more.

Maurice Jones Sets Agenda for LISC at National Leadership Conference


Earlier this month, our executive director and program officer joined LISC staff and partners from around the country as they convened in Houston to ask the tough questions on how to support distressed communities in America.

In a speech before hundreds of community development partners, philanthropic and corporate leaders and policymakers, LISC’s CEO Maurice Jones called for a focus on living-wage jobs to help improve the lives of low-income families.

Click here to watch the video and read a summary of Maurice Jones' address on his vision for LISC and the future of community development.

Our Veterans Deserve a Place to Call Home

In honor of Veterans Day, we are sharing the story of Gerald Hurt, a formerly homeless veteran who recently moved into a new supportive housing community in Danville, Illinois. Together with the National Equity Fund and Bring them HOMES, LISC is working to make sure every veteran has the home he or she needs. Click here to see the video...

Help USA Breaks Ground at New Affordable Housing Site

On October 18, Buffalo LISC staff joined community partners Mayor Byron Brown, HELP USA, NYS Dept. of Homes and Community Renewal, and the Matt Urban Center to celebrate the groundbreaking of HELP Buffalo II on Broadway in Buffalo's East Side - the future home of 47 affordable apartments for low-income families and veterans.

Click here to read a full summary of the project in The Buffalo News.

2016 Buffalo LISC Community Development Awards Celebrate Local Leaders

The Second Annual Buffalo LISC Community Development Awards brought together groups from every corner of the community development sector to celebrate the individuals and organizations whose tireless efforts have created tangible, sustainable change in our neediest neighborhoods.

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Rochester's Franklin Campus Celebrates Opening of New Field

The Rochester City School District’s Franklin Campus celebrated the grand opening of their newly completed synthetic turf field. A $200,000 donation from the Buffalo Bills and LISC through the NFL Grassroots Grant program made the upgrades possible. Read more in a feature story from Time Warner Cable News.

Evergreen Lofts: Creating a Safe Space to Call Home

Earlier this month, the first tenants of the newly opened Evergreen Lofts walked through the doors of a former warehouse on Genesee Street and found what many of them had been seeking for a long time – a safe, affordable apartment to call home. The Evergreen Association’s vision of providing affordable housing that would be open and affirming to members of the LGBTQ community, low-income individuals and families, and those living with chronic illness had become a reality.

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Buffalo LISC Achievements

Buffalo LISC is a catalyst.

Over the last 15 years, we have invested over $100 million in Buffalo to help rebuild inadequate housing, jump-start neighborhood businesses, improve schools, and help struggling families change their once-dire economic outlook.

But, those investments are only part of the story. Learn how Buffalo LISC has invested in revitalizing troubled places and what has been achieved through partnerships with local organizations.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Buffalo LISC helps neighbors transform their neighborhoods because we share their vision for a different future  

Since 1998 we have worked with local not-for-profit partners, private developers, local government and schools, and have provided funding and technical assistance to support projects that are contributing to healthier and more sustainable communities, and improving the lives of the families that live within them.

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