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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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

RUPCO complex recognized as one of “Preservation’s Best of 2016”

RUPCO’s transformation of the historic Lace Mill in Kingston, NY into an affordable living community for artists has been recognized as one of “Preservation’s Best of 2016.” The Rural LISC-supported complex now holds 55 affordable rental units for artists, along with gallery spaces, work studios and sculpture gardens.

Samuel Scruggs 1947-2017


Samuel Scruggs

Rural LISC is sad to share the news that Samuel (Sam) Scruggs, longtime Executive Director of Mississippi County, Arkansas Economic Opportunity Commission, passed away on Monday, April 3.  He was 69.  Sam’s passion for his work and his belief that Mississippi County is a great place to work, live and raise a family had a tremendous impact not just in the County, but throughout rural Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta.  While his passing is an enormous loss for the region, the work he labored so long to establish will continue – helping future generations to achieve self-sufficiency and live more productive lives, and setting an inspiring example to those to whom the torch is now passed. 

Rural LISC Advisory Committee member, Alan Branson, recalled Sam’s unique approach to this work:  “Sam always talked about the need to believe in the work and not live in fear.” 

Our dear friend epitomized that sentiment in his life and commitment to rural community development.  A tribute to Sam’s life and work was published April 4 in the Blytheville Courier.

Special Announcement:

Over 100 Strong: The Rural Impact County Challenge

In April, the White House Rural Council partnered with the National Association of Counties to announce the Rural Impact County Challenge (RICC), a call for at least 100 counties to take concrete steps toward creating opportunity for children in rural areas. To date, over 100 counties in more than 30 states have pledged to support rural children through the Rural Impact Community Challenge. Notably, 25 Rural LISC partner organizations are serving in 75 of the Challenge counties.

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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