Comprehensive community development doesn’t just happen–and it can’t be imposed by outsiders coming into neighborhoods to “make them better.” Real, lasting, positive change is conceived and driven when neighbors and stakeholders inside the community create dedicated organizations to lead the charge. Before change can happen in a neighborhood though, effective institutions have to be in place and working together.
We share best practices by providing neighborhood projects with all the technical assistance they need in order to achieve community-driven goals. Our methods have been perfected over the years through real-world application, and we’re confident that they are effective, proven, and can help neighborhoods achieve outstanding long-term results.
LISC has long been committed to assisting in the development of strong grassroots organizations inside the urban neighborhoods we serve. We help identify existing and potential leaders and create opportunities for them to meet and work together. And we offer technical assistance to neighborhood-based organizations to help leaders develop their skills and get their initiatives off the ground. This includes capacity-building grants to help them add the resources they need to succeed.
Over the years, we’ve learned that gathering a large group of community stakeholders for quality-of-life planning builds civic infrastructure and a broad base of support and enthusiasm for neighborhood revitalization. And quality-of-life planning engages large, disparate groups of neighbors and stakeholders—all of who have their own ideas about neighborhood transformation.
LISC offers ongoing support neighborhood groups can depend on. Comprehensive community development isn’t a destination, but a journey. And LISC is committed to making sure the organizations doing the hard work inside their neighborhoods have the support they need along the way.