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Building and preserving affordable homes and other real estate is a cornerstone of community development. It provides the early fuel for broad-based revitalization by preserving affordability, improving physical surroundings, providing space for essential services and amenities, and stimulating new investment. It is crucial to the strength of neighborhoods, anchors the economic and social infrastructure that nurtures a community, and is the foundation for dramatic improvements in the quality of life.
Building family wealth and income, including connecting low-to-moderate income families to the financial and labor market mainstream and creating opportunities for homeownership is another critical element of helping neighborhoods build sustainable communities.
One sign of a thriving Sustainable Community is that residents feel confident that their lives will improve or remain stable, their incomes rise, and their job prospects will improve. LISC’s affordable housing development programs advance this goal by providing a baseline of economic stability and the opportunity to build equity. When a family moves into affordable housing they gain not only shelter, but a stable foundation on which to build their lives.
Economic activity which connects our targeted neighborhoods to the regional economy and beyond is another important core asset. Working with community development organizations, Buffalo LISC supports small business and commercial corridor revitalization as well as larger scale retail projects that help integrate these communities into the larger economy.
Access to quality education is a defining characteristic of a sustainable community. Building on its work with charter school facilities, Buffalo LISC has expanded its focus, helping organizations work with school districts, parent-teacher groups, child care facilities, youth development and afterschool programs to help make education a force for community improvement.
Redeveloping communities need to offer residents an environment that enhances their health, enjoyment and overall sense of well-being. This includes everything from tree-shaded walkways and safe playing fields to community clinics and environmentally sound design.
A sustainable community is one in which its members are engaged. Buffalo LISC gives community residents the tools they need to help make their neighborhoods stronger and healthier. In all of this, Buffalo LISC is helping change the way people look at their communities,working with our partners to create communities that are good places to live, work and raise a family.
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