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About Philadelphia LISC

LISC Philadelphia is one of 31 local offices of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national nonprofit community development organization and CDFI. Overall, LISC has invested $18.6 billion in neighborhoods and rural communities across the United States.

In Philadelphia, LISC is a catalyst for community change--working with partners to enhance neighborhoods and improve the lives of residents. We leverage corporate, government, and philanthropic resources and have invested $435 million (and leveraged $1.5 billion) in Philadelphia's neighborhoods to build or preserve 8,500 affordable homes and to develop 2.3 million square feet of retail, community and educational space since 1980.

Alongside residents, and community partners, our goal is to create neighborhoods of choice and opportunity, where every resident has a chance to thrive.

Recent News & Stories

6.06.2019 - , , ,

William Penn Foundation Commits $1.5M to revitalizing Strawberry Mansion

With a $1.5M grant from the William Penn Foundation, LISC will partner with the Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corporation in piloting a historic home repair program supporting preservation throughout the neighborhood.

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New turf field showcases 'belief in the young residents of Camden'

KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy celebrated the opening of a new turf field at its Lanning Square campus in Camden, New Jersey. Teachers, students, parents, community leaders, and NFL Foundation representatives gathered for a ribbon cutting at the new athletic field, which was installed thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Philadelphia Eagles through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and a $250,000 matching grant from The Cooper Foundation.

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We're Seeking a Real Estate Development & Housing Intern

The Philadelphia office of LISC seeks a summer intern for May to August 2019. Reporting to the Program Officer for Housing & Health, the Intern will provide the Lending and Housing programs with research and analysis, data collection and management, and project support. The Intern will make substantive and valued contributions that advance Philadelphia LISC’s mission to strengthen neighborhoods and improve the lives of Philadelphians.

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Kensington Lending Partnership Launches $5 Million Neighborhood Initiative

(Philadelphia, PA): This morning, the newly formed Kensington Lending Partnership formally launched a significant funding source focused on small business and mixed-use real estate development, housing improvements, and affordable homeownership in the heart of Kensington. The Partnership, comprised of four Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI), includes Community First Fund, FINANTA, Impact Services Corp’s Impact Loan Fund, and Philadelphia LISC.

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Philadelphia Community Organization Receives Funding Through The Citi Foundation And LISC To Help Train Workers For Growing Job Sectors

The Citi Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) today announced new funding through the Bridges to Career Opportunities initiative (Bridges) to help connect unemployed and underemployed people in Philadelphia to quality jobs in growth industries. The District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund has been awarded $170,000 and technical support to provide services that help job seekers increase their incomes, improve their credit and raise their standards of living. Services include skills training and career development, as well as personal finance coaching, continuing education courses (to strengthen math and reading skills), and resources to help job seekers secure transportation, child care and housing arrangements, which can be impediments to career mobility. The new funding is part of a $10 million three-year national effort by the Citi Foundation and LISC to expand the reach of Bridges and spur economic opportunity for thousands of families across the country, including an estimated 250 in Philadelphia.