An article in the Bay Area magazine Gentry takes a careful look at how Partnership for the Bay's Future, LISC's collaboration with the San Francisco Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Genentech, the Ford Foundation, Kaiser Permanente and others is tackling the region's extreme affordable housing shortage, alongside transportation access and economic opportunity. "Housing has to be considered everybody's challenge and everybody's opportunity," says LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones in the piece. That collective ownership and the diversity of sectors in the partnership "are the only way we're really going to make true progress."
When natural disasters strike—as they increasingly have—there are profound differences between response and recovery in rural areas and urban ones. On the eve of the annual Rural LISC seminar (this year in Monticello, New York, June 4-7), vice president and Rural LISC director Suzanne Anarde published an article in Shelterforce about helping community-based organizations better respond when disaster hits, boost rural resilience, and support communities in preparing before disasters befall them.
LISC president and CEO Maurice A. Jones was a guest on the podcast produced by Streetblog USA, a news organization that covers “the fight for transportation and livable communities.” He described LISC’s work focusing on talent development and the need to make professions like property development and digital careers accessible to all kinds of people. “The real job to be done in every community out there,” Jones stressed, “is get the talent prepared for the jobs of the 21st century.”Listen Now
Check out our top three reads of the week. They cover the challenges and opportunities facing American communities right now. This week, we’re reading about the struggle to create affordable housing in Connecticut communities, applying a racial equity lens to CDFI work, and the link between health care spending and social programs.
LISC Jacksonville executive director Janet Owens recently spoke with WJCT, the area’s NPR affiliate, about the city’s incentive plan to eliminate food deserts and what it will take to make that happen. Owens, who was honored with a OneJax Humanitarian Award in April for her years of service to the city, discussed how that plan will need to a range of interconnected resources. It isn’t just about adding more groceries stores, she said. Partners need to come together to close the gap on the deeper issues that prevent neighborhoods from moving forward, like housing, economic development and employment.Listen Now