Even before establishing a physical presence in Indianapolis, LISC was already working to improve neighborhoods here. Back in the late 1980s, a task force formed by Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut identified 30,000 substandard houses in our city, and a group of community development pioneers, with the help of National LISC, set out to address this issue.
Then, to address the ongoing needs of our neighborhoods, LISC Indianapolis was formed in 1992. We created a local advisory board and worked to secure the support of local individuals, corporations, and foundations that care about neighborhood issues. We also worked to develop and grow the local community development corporations that actually do the hard work necessary to revitalize our neighborhoods.
The LISC Indianapolis Mission
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis is the local office of a national organization that helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones — good places to live, do business, work, and raise families. By providing capital, technical expertise, training, and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing; commercial, industrial, and community facilities; businesses; and jobs. In short, we help neighbors build communities.
What We Do
With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.
Strategies We Pursue
- Strengthen existing alliances while building new collaborations to increase our impact on the progress of people and places
- Develop leadership and the capacity of partners to advance our work together
- Equip talent in underinvested communities with the skills and credentials to compete successfully for quality income and wealth opportunities
- Invest in businesses, housing and other community infrastructure to catalyze economic, health, safety and educational mobility for individuals and communities
- Drive local, regional, and national policy and system changes that foster broadly shared prosperity and well-being
- Helps guide the initiative’s vision and strategy
- Supports and encourages aligned activities, connecting and convening stakeholders
- Builds public will
- Advances policy
- Mobilizes resources
- Establishes and monitors shared measurement practices
- Technical Assistance on Real Estate projects
- Technical Assistance on Capacity Building and Organizational Development
- Loan Capital
- Equity Investments