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1.16.2019 -

From Vacant to Valuable: Four New Communities Eligible for Replay Grants

ESPN, Under Armour and LISC have announced that four new communities are eligible for grants through the Replay initiative to transform vacant lots into community recreation hubs. The program, which is in its second year, will award a total of $430,000 to help neighborhood groups in Atlanta, Detroit, Oakland, and Toledo ensure that sports and recreation are accessible to all residents. As LISC’s senior program director for Sports & Recreation, Beverly Smith, stated, “Our on-the-ground experience in local communities coupled with the resources and expertise of ESPN and Under Armour has been a highly successful formula for creating useful recreational spaces.”

1.14.2019 -

LISC Launches Charlotte Program Office

As we kick off 2019, LISC is continuing to grow its investments in economic opportunity and its on-the-ground presence in communities across the country. We unveiled a new program office in Charlotte this week that will spearhead $25 million in investments over the next few years—all designed to boost affordable housing, improve economic mobility and raise standards of living in North Carolina’s largest city. Long-time community leader Ralphine Caldwell has been named executive director to lead the effort.

Community-Police Partnerships Fight the Opioid Epidemic Where It Lives

A recent flurry of media coverage has shone a spotlight on the decline in opioid overdose deaths in Dayton, Ohio, a city that has been at the epicenter of the crisis. In an article for Next City, Mona Mangat, national director of LISC's Safety & Justice programs, and Matthew Perkins, a senior program officer and criminologist, parse the crucial ways a DOJ grant and technical assistance from LISC helped the community of East Dayton tackle opioid-driven crime and disorder—a local approach hundreds of communities can learn from.

1.10.2019 -

LISC’s Denise Scott Named Chair of NY Fed Board of Directors

Denise Scott, executive VP for programs at LISC, has been named chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York board of directors. Scott has served as the board’s deputy chair for the past year, and was a director prior to that. She brings 30-plus years’ experience in community development to help guide the Fed’s policy decisions and to act as a bridge between the organization and the private sector. Congratulations, Denise!

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1.08.2019 -

LISC in U.S. News & World Report: Taking Action on Health

U.S. News & World Report interviewed San Francisco Fed’s director of community development, David Erickson, about how investments in neighborhoods improve community health. A longtime LISC partner, Erickson described our teamwork with the healthcare sector as a frontline approach to viewing neighborhoods as patients, and helping boost health outcomes through holistic development and revitalization.