It’s hurricane season, and communities in the Southeastern United States are just setting out on the hard road to recovery from the destructive force of Florence. LISC has years of experience partnering with local groups to help residents rebuild, and stewarding funds to get that complex work done more efficiently and effectively. In a roundtable interview, four of our resident experts offer reflections and critical best practices for rebuilding, plus a list of the top five things to do post-disaster. Top photo: Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria © Nashish Scott
Together with some seriously expert partners, we delved into why affordable housing is key to good health in a Tweetchat with Salud America. The answers offer a comprehensive look at all the factors that created the affordable housing crisis to begin with, how it affected the health of communities, and what we can do to fix it.Read the Thread
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which wrought an estimated $50 billion of economic and property damage in the Houston area last August, LISC has been working hard to help communities recover—and become more resilient in the bargain. Through our $100 million commitment and multiple partnerships and collaborations, our Houston and Rural programs have made steady strides in rebuilding and equipping Texans for jobs and other economic opportunities that can make the region stronger going forward.
Denver, CO has just approved a housing subsidy that will make the city’s glut of new, unrented market-rate housing affordable to working families. It’s an unprecedented strategy, created in part by LISC and National Equity Fund, that could begin to close the opportunity gap for Denverites. And it’s already piquing interest in other cities grappling with similar challenges.
This week, when Senator Todd Young (R-IN) announced new legislation for a taskforce that will examine the affordable housing crisis in our country, he did so at a LISC-supported senior housing community in Indianapolis. It represented a strong validation of the importance of closing the housing gap, and of the comprehensive community transformation that LISC leads.