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LISC NYC held its Big Apple Innovations Awards on January 26 recognizing outstanding achievement in the community development field from three inspiring women who embodied the event’s theme, “Pathways to Shared Prosperity.” Front row: the 2016 Big Apple Innovation Award honorees Laura Jervis, Founder and former Executive Director, West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing; Michelle de la Uz, Executive Director, Fifth Avenue Committee; Vicki Been, commissioner, NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development; Back row: award presenters Jamie Torres Springer, Senior Principal, HR&A Advisors, Inc; Colvin Grannum, President and CEO, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation; Michael Rubinger, President and CEO, LISC; and Sam Marks, Executive Director, LISC NYC. Read more!
LISC NYC has been awarded $500,000 from the Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Fund, which recognizes visionary nonprofit organizations and new approaches to long-standing urban economic challenges in the United States. The grant will support LISC NYC’s core operations over two years to grow impact development initiatives, real estate projects that drive neighborhood economic development led by mission-oriented, community-based organizations committed to social change. Read the release!
LISC's new video charts the career of retiring LISC president and CEO Michael Rubinger and his vision for revitalizing the country’s most disinvested neighborhoods, his long-standing commitment to local CDC partners and his transformative impact on the field of community development. LISC started in New York City more than 35 years ago and now has offices in 31 cities, and Michael was there at the beginning. He led the organization for the past 17 years as CEO and leaves LISC following its best year investing in low-income communities. During a May 5th celebration of his work, he credited LISC’s achievements to talented staff, past and present, and to the monumental work of community leaders “who do what I could never do.” See the video!
A wide-ranging panel of community development experts and executive directors from throughout New York City, assembled on April 11, 2016 to discuss ways that CDCs are achieving scale to remain competitive in New York’s increasingly tough market. Read the story!
Communities for Healthy Food was one of three case studies included in the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund's Healthy Food and Community Change Status Report. The case study recognizes LISC NYC's work to bring affordable, healthy food to low-income communities in New York. Read the report!
A total of 27 New York City public housing residents celebrated their graduation from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Resident Training Academy (NRTA) program on Thursday March 3, in an event that highlighted the success of LISC’s first Financial Opportunity Center in New York City. Read the story here and read the profile of Joshua Owoeye, an alumni of the program, here!
The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has awarded LISC NYC a grant of $644,000 to expand Communities for Healthy Food to two additional high-need neighborhoods in partnership with community development corporations (CDCs) in 2016 and 2017: Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx and Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) in the Rockaways. Read the release!
State Farm has announced a new $4 million grant to extend the reach of LISC Financial Opportunity Centers around the country and strengthen commercial corridors in low-income areas. Read the release!
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