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An integral aspect of LISC NYC’s mission is to strengthen the infrastructure and ensure the sustainability of New York City’s nonprofit community development sector. This sector, comprised in main part by long-standing neighborhood-based CDCs, is vital to the health and well-being of low-income communities throughout New York City.
These organizations have deep-rooted connections to residents in their communities, a track record dating back to the 1970s of rebuilding neighborhoods that were devastated by disinvestment, and a legacy of engaging marginalized residents in efforts that improve their quality of life. Many are not only stewards of a dwindling supply of decent, safe and affordable housing, but are also at the forefront of innovative community programming to build civic infrastructure, create access to healthy food, improve education, meet the needs of youth and seniors, connect people to jobs and strengthen the financial opportunity of underserved populations.
While a number of the strongest CDCs continue to develop new affordable housing projects, CDCs across the spectrum must diversify their funding sources, demonstrate their impact by tracking outcomes, manage their assets effectively, increase the efficiency of their operations, create effective partnerships in order to advance innovative programming and avoid duplicating services, and advocate effectively for their communities.
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