- About Us
- Sustainable Communities
In 1995, LISC launched Rural LISC to expand its reach beyond urban areas to include rural communities. Today, Rural LISC partners with 75 community development organizations, including three financial intermediaries: Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), Fahe and California Coalition for Rural Housing (CCRH). We are working together to transform communities in over 1,400 counties across 42 states. For a current "by the numbers" overview of Rural LISC's progress to date, see the Rural LISC Fact Sheet.
|First Rural LISC Annual Seminar
Bethel, Maine, 1995
|20th Anniversary Seminar
Portland, Maine, 2015
Rural America. It is 3 million square miles and 71 million people. It is countryside, small towns, mountains, farmland and coastal shores. Rural America is part and parcel of our entire country, and it matters! Rural communities lack quality, affordable housing and health care. They are losing jobs and land to suburban sprawl. They do not receive the necessary government funding and support to provide decent education and transportation services. They are often unable to keep up with technology and the mainstream economy.
Despite the image of rural America as a farm-driven economy, less than nine percent of rural jobs are in the combined farming, agricultural services, forestry and fishing industries.
Recognizing that rural communities' needs are not focused on agriculture alone, Rural LISC provides a wide range of services, including training, technical assistance, information and financial support, to help rural community developers address the problems rural communities face. Rural LISC staff collaborate with CDCs to help identify priorities and challenges, delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs.
We forge alliances among rural organizations, funders, lenders and policy makers, mobilizing corporate, government and philanthropic support to provide rural community development organizations with:
Rural LISC's strategies follow the five goals of LISC's Building Sustainable Communities model:
Rural LISC is governed by an 18-member Rural Advisory Committee comprised of donors, lenders, rural community developers and other supporters.
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