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Spotlight Section: Rural

Photo courtesy Fayette County Community Action Agency

Editor's note: We hope you have enjoyed our spotlight on Rural Community Development. Our next spotlight will focus on building income and assets for low- and moderate-income families. This week's feature bridges the two spotlights with a story on how a program in Uniontown, Pennsylvania is helping rural families build wealth.  
Rural Families Get a Prescription for Financial Health

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Housing Development and Preservation, Asset and Property Management—An asset management expert describes common challenges and how CDCs can overcome them.

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Leading—A study of New England nonprofits points to the need for fundamental shifts to make nonprofits sustainable for the future.

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Health & Wellness—Report looks at new opportunities for housing providers and health care providers to work together in support of better health outcomes for low-income families and individuals.

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Integrated Services Delivery—This 20-page report outlines ideas on how to integrate financial components into existing social services to strengthen clients' financial security.

More on Rural


Succession Planning for CDCs See what participants learned about smart succession planning for CDCs in both rural and urban contexts in this archived webinar. 

Rural Economic Development View the recorded panel discussion from the April 28 Rural LISC webinar, which looked at economic development and job creation in Rural America.

How to Do It Resources

Self-Help Housing Marks 50 Years and 50,000 Homes Learn how self-help housing provides affordable homeownership to rural families.

Creative Placemaking for Every Community Development centered on local heritage and culture resonates in rural communities.

The Rural Data Portal Housing Assistance Council's Rural Data Portal provides national, state and county-level data on the demographic, economic and housing characteristics of U.S. communities.

Comprehensive Community Development in Rural Settings The proceedings of a two-day conference focused on developing and implementing a comprehensive community development program in rural settings.

Visit the Rural Community Development page of the How To Do It section for more resources.

In The News

White House Acts On Rural Child Poverty Faced with rising child poverty in rural areas, the White House Rural Council rolls out a new set of initiatives.

Helping Hands For a Community In Crisis Rural LISC helps a CDC partner offer relief to drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley residents.

Transforming Rural Communities Into Healthy Communities From clinics to cooking classes, rural CDCs find ways to bring healthier living to their communities.

Federal Disaster Policy: Toward a More Resilient Future HUD publication examines federal disaster policy and models for building community resilience in urban and rural settings. 

Community Development Through a Rural Lens In Rural America, the community may look a little different, but the goals of community development are the same.

Visit the Rural Community Development page of the In The News section for more stories.

About the Institute

The LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development is designed to share knowledge and resources with LISC staff, local agencies in the LISC network and others who are working in the field of comprehensive community development. The Institute website, trainings, webinars and peer-to-peer support are tools that help practitioners and their partners successfully implement comprehensive community initiatives.

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"Building Equity By the Tracks"

"LISC is pushing hard to make sure that new rail lines going into towns across the country aren’t just magnets for high-end investments, but also include the services and amenities low-income families need: Affordable housing, health care, financial planning assistance, cultural richness," writes John McCarron in this 2013 article on how transit-oriented development can be a tool for community development that ran in the Next City website

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