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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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Register Today to Attend Our Community Development Awards!

We received many well-deserved nominations for this year's Community Development Award recipients, and we certainly have our work cut out for us in deciding on the winners! The nominations pool has officially closed and the process for selecting this year's winners is underway. We're looking forward to announcing the winners at Buffalo LISC's Second Annual Community Development Awards breakfast on Thursday, October 6, 2016!

The event will be held at the Foundry Hotel & Banquet, located at 1738 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo. Breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the awards presentation to follow.

Registration for the event is now open via Brown Paper Tickets. The event is free to attend, but we ask that you register to reserve your seat no later than Friday, September 30.

Click here to register today!

Questions? Email or call 716.852.3430.

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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A Year to Remember: LISC Releases 2015 Annual Report


When it comes to community development, we often say that the numbers don’t really tell the story. This is not one of those times.

2015 was the best year in LISC’s history, and the numbers themselves underscore an expanding level of local impact. Last year, LISC did more to fuel a better quality of life for low-income people than at any time in our 36 year history.

Read all about it in the newly released LISC 2015 Annual Report, which includes a great feature on Buffalo LISC's work with People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo) to expand affordable housing and combat gentrification in Buffalo's West Side neighborhoods (see Spotlight:Housing section and click on Buffalo's pinpoint on the map). After you've read up on our work here in Buffalo, check out the stories from other cities around the country where LISC is actively working to build sustainable communities.


Special Announcement:

Bills and LISC donate 200K to Rochester City School District

The Buffalo Bills and LISC will donate $200,000 to the Rochester City School District to provide a synthetic turf football field at the Franklin Campus

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.

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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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Buffalo LISC 2015 Impact Report


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