Building Partnerships with Buffalo LISC

Building successful partnerships is a crucial part of LISC’s mission to transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity.

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To Strengthen Neighborhoods, Police-Community Collaboration is Essential

In a forceful op-ed for USA Today, Maurice Jones, LISC CEO, and Jim Bueermann, a former police chief, show how investing in authentic police-community partnerships and neighborhood renewal is imperative for a safer, healthier country. It's something people of all political stripes can agree on - because every American benefits.

Read the full article in USA Today.

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.

It’s Time to Raise the Bar for Community Development

Maurice Jones, President & CEO, LISC

Let’s ask ourselves: what could the 43 million Americans living in poverty accomplish if they had a plausible path to the middle class? How much more competitive would our country be if we unleashed the full economic potential of every neighborhood and community. During my first few weeks as LISC CEO, I have had the privilege of seeing my team working with organizations and individuals across the country in pursuit of these aspirations.

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Bailey Fights Blight Transforms East Side Streetscape, One Building At A Time

Stocks are rising at the corner of Bailey Avenue and Stockbridge Avenue thanks to a new mural on the side of a long vacant building. Bits of painted over graffiti and the remains of an old plywood sign have made way for an electric green background punctuated by gold and copper lines that ascend to the building’s roofline. Artist Nick Miller partnered with the Bailey Avenue Business Association (BABA) and University District Community Development Association (UDCDA) on the piece of public art as part of a broader initiative called Bailey Fights Blight.

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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

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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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