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Investing in Immigrant Communities = Investing in America

A new LISC white paper examines the ways current federal immigration policy is affecting immigrant residents across the country, and how our nonprofit partners are responding to meet the needs, and address the fear, of immigrants and their families. In the blog below, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones and David Greenberg, our head of research and lead author of the report, weigh in on why supporting the wellbeing and prosperity of immigrant communities—and of the agencies that serve them—is in every American’s best interest.

Supporting the Resilience of Immigrant Communities, When Policy Doesn’t

For nearly 40 years, LISC has invested in local organizations working with immigrants, with the understanding that when new arrivals to the United States prosper, so does the country as a whole. David Greenberg, director of our Research & Evaluation team, weighs in on the troubling effects that changes in immigration policy are having on immigrant communities, and reminds us that helping immigrants access opportunity is good for neighborhoods, and good for everyone.

A Policymaking Proposal That Dovetails With LISC’s Mission

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.

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Addressing the Opportunity Gap: How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affects People and Places

There's no question that the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will have an impact on the resources available to families and communities, and to those working to bridge the opportunity gap. But what will that impact be? At a recent discussion hosted by LISC and the Urban Institute, policy experts and community development practitioners gathered in Washington D.C. to examine possible outcomes. Opinions varied on the merits of the TCJA’s provisions, but all agreed that the federal policy has a huge role to play in creating more inclusive, economically dynamic communities.  

After SOTU, What’s Next for Policy?

Supporting programs that fuel economic opportunity and raise standards of living should be a bipartisan goal.  In the wake of the State of the Union address, LISC’s senior vice president for policy, Matt Josephs, looks at the policies that advance common goals, with a lasting impact on the quality of life for all Americans.