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Loans and Real Estate Financing

Avenue Villas Homes Built by Avenue CDC in Northside GO NeighborhoodHouston LISC offers a wide range of loans and equity investments that help bring affordable housing, commercial development and other reinvestment to urban neighborhoods.

LISC financing has helped local organizations leveraged more than $637 million in investments, loans and grants from private and public sources in the Houston area.

As a philanthropic lender, we seek to strike a balance between risk management and fulfilling community needs by taking on projects that mainstream financial institutions may not. LISC serves a catalyst for investment by investing early, often with a predevelopment loan that allows for a project to develop. Our loan products include:

  • Predevelopment loans
  • Acquisition loans
  • Construction loans
  • Permanent and mini-permanent loans
  • Lines of credit
  • Bridge loans

Download a handout detailing LISC’s loan products


LISC also provides technical assistance and consulting to groups working on neighborhood real estate projects at any stage. Click here for details.


LISC offers project investments, when available, to assist with early stages of the real estate development process, including feasibility studies and other predevelopment activities that allow the project to reach the financing stage.  


LISC also provides specialized financing through several of its affiliates such as the National Equity Fund and New Markets Support Company. Click here for more information on specialized tax credit and equity financing.

Through LISC’s national programs, Houston LISC can also provide expert financial assistance for projects involving childcare facilities, charter school facilities, public housing projects, green development/rehabilitation, grocery stores and other retail projects, housing preservation, and renovation/new construction of community football fields through the NFL Grassroots Program. 

For more information on LISC’s financial services, contact Mayra Guevara Bontemps, Senior Program Officer, at or at 713-597-6839.