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In West Harlem, community champions lead their neighborhood to a healthier way of life. A Hub Grows In Harlem

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LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers Show Real-Life ResultsLISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers Show Real-Life Results

Family Income & Assets—The Washington Post recently recognized LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers as a successful vehicle for helping families and individuals achieve financial stability.

New Evaluation Report Shows Positive Impact of Comprehensive Community DevelopmentNew Evaluation Report Shows Positive Impact of Comprehensive Community Development

Evaluating—A new report from LISC's Research & Assessment Director shows a clear correlation between high levels of LISC investment and economic gains in neighborhoods.

Improving economy leaves too many behindImproving economy leaves too many behind

Family Income & Assets, Thinking Out Loud—We need to recognize that the loss of manufacturing and construction jobs is a huge loss for low-income communties—and start working on a response that will fill those gaps.

Price Hill: A Cincinnati neighborhood climbs backPrice Hill: A Cincinnati neighborhood climbs back

Cincinnati, Engaging—The commitment of Price Hill's residents is helping turn this once-blighted place into a community of diverse young families and urban professionals.

'Building Sustainable Communities: Moving from Quality-of-Life Planning to Implementation'"Building Sustainable Communities: Moving from Quality-of-Life Planning to Implementation"

Implementing—This review uses lessons from Indianapolis LISC on the specific elements necessary for a community to move from a Quality-of-Life plan to implementation of its ideas.

A new role for local libraries and museumsA new role for local libraries and museums

Engaging, Implementing, Arts & Culture—A new program is promoting how these neighborhood institutions can join—and even lead—comprehensive community development initiatives.

New poll shows need for affordable housingNew poll shows need for affordable housing

Affordable Housing—Nearly 60 percent of Americans say that it is challenging to buy or rent affordable quality housing in their community.

New resource for integrated services deliveryNew resource for integrated services delivery

Family Income & Assets—A new website is a one-stop shop for resources for programs that mix employment, income support and asset-building services for low-income families.

Report Looks At Creative Financing for Creative PlacemakingReport Looks At Creative Financing for Creative Placemaking

Arts & Culture—A new report looks at the barriers to financing arts- and culture-based development, as well as some innovative solutions.

More on Health


Building Healthier Communities, One Data Point At a Time Community developers are improving their use of health data to hone their attempts to build healthier neighborhoods.

Cooking From A New Menu In the Cypress Hills neighborhood in Brooklyn, helping residents eat more healthy, fresh foods is another part of community development. 

Organizing a Path to Better Health From health insurance to regular check-ups, outreach into the community helps residents in North Philadelphia get information and motivation to make a healthy choice. 

The Mighty Elm Playlot How an ambitious park renovation turned a place to play into a job creator, a public safety program, a healthy food center and much more.

A New View of Health Community Health Advocates bring resources and build relationships that improve the health and wellness of residents.

Community development’s unseen benefit? Good health Building better communities helps residents live longer, stronger lives. That simple fact brings a whole new perspective to our work. 


Using Health Impact Assessments to Preserve Affordable Housing & Increase Community Well-Being: A Case Study A public health professional, a housing authority director, and a funder discuss how a Health Impact Assessment helped a public housing rehab project become an inclusive process that engages a neighborhood and charts a sustainable future for the residents.

How to Do It Resources

The National Farm to School Network An advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into school systems and preschools.

The Build Healthy Places Network Promoting collaboration across the community development and health sectors by sharing research, tools and resources, and by connecting industry leaders.

"Supporting Childhood Wellness through Healthy, Affordable Housing" Paseo Verde, a mixed-income development in Philadelphia, supports children’s health through green design, an on-site health center and pharmacy, and social service programs.

Community Development = Healthy Neighborhoods On Sept 30, an online panel convened by the Institute discussed the link between where people live and health, and how community developers can have an impact, from active living to affordable housing.

For more, visit the Health & Wellness section of How To Do It

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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