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Overview

Duluth LISC opened in 1997 and since then has developed or preserved 1,194 units of housing, created 186 new child-care spaces, 1,273 new jobs, and leveraged over $74.7 million new investment in Duluth. Duluth LISC has three core programs: the Building Sustainable Communities Initiative, affordable housing development, preservation and advocacy, and building the capacity of local community development organizations.

Duluth LISC implements the Building Sustainable Communities Initiative through At Home in Duluth, a collaborative of 25 city agencies and non-profit organizations working in the target neighborhoods of Morgan Park, West Duluth, Lincoln Park, Central Hillside and East Hillside. The At Home members collaborate with each other and with the City of Duluth on comprehensive neighborhood revitalization: affordable housing development and rehabilitation, redevelopment of historic properties, neighborhood planning, commercial corridor development, resident engagement, asset and income building strategies, foreclosure remediation and workforce and educational initiatives.

In addition to its work in the At Home neighborhoods, LISC provides operating support to organizations that develop and preserve affordable and supportive housing for residents of Greater Duluth. We manage a revolving loan fund for housing development and preservation and play a leadership role in city and statewide housing advocacy.

Duluth LISC provides technical assistance and funding to strengthen local community development organizations. Our technical assistance focuses on specific opportunities and challenges facing each community organization and our funding supports general operating expenses, strategic planning, board and staff training, and internships.