LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones takes a hopeful look at the future in an interview with Philanthropy News Digest, pointing to the wealth of untapped talent in American communities as evidence that there are gains yet to come. "The question is, what do we do as a society to ensure that these people are able to fulfill their promise?” For LISC, that includes a range of local investments, from employment skills training to entrepreneurship to affordable housing development, all of which help expand economic opportunity and support a good quality of life.
Up to 50 percent of chronically homeless adults are estimated to have been homeless as youth, yet little research has been done to study youth homelessness. With that in mind, LISC’s Pay for Success team is working to scale up a promising program in the Washington, DC area. Working with the Latin American Youth Center, this PFS project will take LAYC’s Promotor Pathway Model®, an evidenced-based case management program designed for disconnected and disengaged youth facing multiple obstacles, to the next level.
A new study on race and economic mobility in the United States by economists Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren stresses the role that neighborhoods can play in closing the country’s yawning, race-based opportunity gap. In the blog that follows, David Greenberg, LISC’s new director of Research and Evaluation, unpacks the lessons of the study, and posits how the findings can help guide the work of LISC and its partners going forward.
At LISC, we are always looking at what works to spur economic opportunity and strengthen neighborhoods. That’s why we teamed up with Duke University’s Common Cents Lab to find out what motivates people to engage in long-term coaching relationships at our Financial Opportunity Centers. LISC’s Laura D’Alessandro talks about what we learned and what it means for our efforts to help people build a stronger financial future.
In an op-ed for The Boston Globe, Paul Grogan, CEO of the Boston Foundation and a former LISC president, lays out what needs to happen for Boston’s much-touted economic and civic growth to benefit all residents. Support for quality education, public transportation, good jobs and affordable housing can keep the Boston Renaissance from collapsing under the heavy weight of inequality. But the time to act is now.