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Welcome to Houston LISC!

Houston LISC is the local site of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development support organization.  For more than 25 years, Houston LISC has helped residents transform their neighborhoods into communities of choice and opportunity.  We are part lender, grantor and consultant – collaborating with others to bring funding, knowledge and people to help neighborhoods become sustainable communities.

CEO Maurice Jones Lays Out “Audacious Goals” for LISC

On November 14-16, more than 300 community development leaders from across the country gathered in Houston to discuss critical issues. 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. This is a time to forge more partnerships and ramp up expectations for our work and the communities we serve, he said. Read more

"Now We're Together"


For seven years, a tide of financing and human capital has helped energize Houston's Near Northside. Today, the neighborhood is home to a bona fide community, resilient even in the wake of tragedy, with resident leaders equipped and determined to build a better quality of life.

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CEO Maurice Jones Lays Out “Audacious Goals” for LISC

New LISC CEO Maurice Jones Launches Agenda that Places Living-Wage Jobs and Low-Income Families at the Center of the 21st-Century American Story

A New Study Shows LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers Surpass Other Programs

New report shows FOCs unique three-prong approach makes them effective at helping individuals find and keep jobs.

Community leaders promote healthier habits with creative strategies

Roland Cotton is helping his neighbors become healthier. In a community struggling with chronic illness and without easy access to fruits and vegetables, Roland is digging in the dirt to make a change. He and community leaders in OST/South Union and Near Northside are working with GO Neighborhoods to create fun and educational activities that encourage better eating habits, more exercise and generally healthier lifestyles for residents of all ages.

LISC Helps Families Find Stability Through Financial Opportunity Centers

Houston LISC and Community Development In The News

In case you missed these Chronicle articles over the holidays, we wanted to highlight them as we all kick off our 2016 work.

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Houston Highlights

Since 1989, Houston LISC and its affiliates have invested over $243 million resulting in:

  • $637 million leveraged

  • 7,607 affordable homes

  • 1.4 million sq. feet of commercial and community space

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