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LISC/Chicago organizes capital and other resources to support initiatives that will stimulate the comprehensive development of healthy, stable neighborhoods and foster their connection to the socioeconomic mainstream of the metropolitan region.

LISC's (and its affiliates') $640 million investment in Chicago's neighborhoods over the past 30 years has leveraged $4.9 billion in financing from private and public sources.

LISC/Chicago efforts include:

  • Affordable housing
  • Retail/commercial development
  • Economic development
  • Community facilities (healthcare, daycare, schools, open space)
  • Capacity building (including leadership development and technology initiatives)
  • Asset management
  • New Communities Program
  • Support of neighborhood-based employment centers, Centers for Working Families
  • Great Neighborhoods Program
  • AmeriCorps

LISC/Chicago facts

  • Year established: 1980
  • Community-based partners: 140
  • Housing financed: 28,000 units
  • Retail/commercial financed: 5 million square feet
  • Community facilities financed: 22,936 square feet
  • Training and technical support to community-based organizations: $5.8 million
  • Individuals served through LISC employment network: 18,000+
  • Total grants and loans: $158.3 million
  • Total funds leveraged: $4.9 billion
  • Total affiliate equity investment: $345.4 million
  • Number of active CDC relationships: 78
  • Number of professional LISC staff: 16

For more information, visit LISC/Chicago.

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