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LISC Milwaukee transforms distressed urban neighborhoods into healthy communities of choice and opportunity—great places to work, do business and raise children.
We mobilize corporate and philanthropic support on behalf of local neighborhoods, providing them with loans, grants and equity investments, policy support, and the technical and management assistance and networks they need to realize their goals.

Comprehensive Approach

LISC is a national organization with local priorities committed to helping neighbors build communities. LISC is the recognized expert in achieving sustainable neighborhood revitalization. Although known for expertise in physical development, LISC’s approach to building Sustainable Communities is comprehensive. Our platform includes all aspects of healthy civic life:

  • Supporting healthy environments and lifestyles
  • Expanding real estate investment
  • Increasing family income and wealth
  • Stimulating economic activity
  • Improving access to education

Geographic Focus

LISC Milwaukee concentrates its efforts in the central city with a specific geographic focus on the neighborhoods of Clarke Square, Harambee, Layton Boulevard West, Lindsay Heights, and Washington Park. In these areas, LISC helps underwrite and facilitate comprehensive community planning, and supports the implementation of these plans through grants, loans, and technical support.

Value Proposition

LISC sees opportunity in places where many see risk. We succeed because we have experienced staff on the ground collaborating with community partners, business leaders and policymakers to respond to neighborhood needs. LISC aggregates capital from a variety of sources to support neighborhood development over time. Banks, insurance companies, foundations and individuals invest or loan money to LISC and in turn LISC uses these funds to finance and provide technical support for local projects. Due to LISC’s collaborative national-local structure, every dollar invested in LISC Milwaukee yields $30 of direct community investment.

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Since 1995
Total Invested
$2 million $27 million
Affordable Housing units
463 1,958
Retail and Community Space
7,900 Sq. Ft. 1,364,000 Sq. Ft.
Total Leveraged 
$32 million $252 million