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

Rural LISC gratefully recognizes Uplift America, a collaboration of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and other philanthropic organizations with financial institutions and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, for its five year, $670,000 grant award to Rural LISC aimed at helping us address persistent poverty in rural America. 

Native Hawaiian Housing Caucus Highlights Affordable Housing Strategies

At the Caucus: Michelle Kauhane (left), President and CEO, and Kehau Meyer (right), Program Manager, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, with Jeff Gilbreath, Executive Director of Hawaii Community Lending, and Suzanne Anarde, Program Vice President at Rural LISC.

Local, regional, and national organizations met to highlight nonprofit development and services as key affordable housing strategies at this year's Native Hawaiian Housing Caucus October 11 in Honolulu.  The Caucus was facilitated by Rural LISC partner organization, Hawaiian Community Assets, and is part of the 15th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention hosted by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA).  The Caucus convenes annually with the goal of identifying local, state, and federal policy priorities to address Native Hawaiian housing needs.

This year, Rural LISC Program Vice President, Suzanne Anarde, joined experts in the field to discuss tools, resources, and programs that are effectively moving low- and moderate-income families into affordable housing both in Hawaii and across the United States. 

Suzanne Anarde moderated a panel featuring leaders from the two Native Hawaiian-controlled CDFIs who presented their development services and product offerings, including the impact of their combined $5 million in annual lending in Native Hawaiian communities and opportunities for public and private investments. 

 “CDFIs are experts at providing patient capital to underserved communities, helping spur local economic activity,” Suzanne commented.  “They are successful because their lending is relationship based, and doesn’t have the same constraints as banks or credit unions.  As strong, financially sound organizations that, as a whole, are managing hundreds of billions of dollars in investments, CDFIs are proving all across America that community lending plays a key role in building and strengthening communities." 

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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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