Rural LISC staff and Advisory Committee members met in Albuquerque Feb. 22-24, 2017, to kick off our Native American Initiative with a Partnership Training and Focus Group led by Seven Sisters Community Development Group, and a tour of the historic Acoma Pueblo.

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Funder in the Spotlight: Rabobank

Rabobank awarded Rural LISC a generous $12,500 grant and a $2 million California Organized Investment Network (COIN) allocation to provide loans to four Rural LISC Partner community-based organizations (CBOs) working to develop affordable housing in California. Rabobank’s support is enabling Rural LISC to maintain a high level of service and technical assistance for these California-based organizations that are producing exemplary programs and services for lower-income residents.

NRHC Report Shows Rural Nonprofits' Impact

The National Rural Housing Coalition details the remarkable outcomes of rural nonprofit organizations in 2017 Impact Report: Measuring the Economic and Human Impact of Nonprofit Organizations in Rural America

The report shows the broad economic and human impact that nonprofit organizations—and the programs they utilize—have on rural communities. Key programs highlighted include single family housing, multifamily housing, and community facilities programs from USDA, community development programs administered by HUD, and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

Rural LISC and Partner South East Alabama Self-Help Association are featured on Page 45.

CDC in the Spotlight

In rural Central Florida, a neighborhood is born

Longtime Rural LISC Partner Rural Neighborhoods, Inc., held a special dedication ceremony for their new development, Hatchers Preserve, on April 17. The Preserve is an integral part of the revitalization Rural Neighborhoods is creating in rural Immokalee, Florida. Dignitaries attending the event include Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, FL-25th and Paul Weech, President, NeighborWorks America, along with Rural Neighborhoods President Steven Kirk, and Rural LISC Vice President Suzanne Anarde.

Growing Rural Communities Fund

The Growing Rural Communities Fund (GRCF) offers low interest mini-permanent and construction to mini-perm loans for commercial development, mixed use development, small businesses and nonprofit facilities in eligible locations.  Learn more about this and other Rural LISC Loan Products here.


The Road to Capacity

Rural LISC's Road to Capacity chart gives a helpful at-a-glance view of the critical milestones passed on the unique path of growth undertaken by our partner organizations working in areas of high and persistent poverty. Click image for larger size.

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