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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.

Arts and culture: A superpower to help people and places prosperArts and culture: A superpower to help people and places prosper

Arts & Culture, Commercial and Economic Development, Thinking Out Loud—From forging connections between people to supercharging a neighborhood economy, arts and culture have a unique role in supporting community development.

Parks and Arts, A Natural Pair: Roanoke, VAParks and Arts, A Natural Pair: Roanoke, VA

Community Cultural Development—How can a small city increase access to the arts and create opportunities for its local artists outside of traditional venues?

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.

'Aging in Every Place: Supportive Service Programs  for High and Low Density Communities'"Aging in Every Place: Supportive Service Programs for High and Low Density Communities"

Asset and Property Management—A report on the benefits of home- and community-based approaches to elderly care, and reasons to expand these programs.

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.

Creative Placemaking: A TourCreative Placemaking: A Tour

Arts & Culture—A photo essay of programs, projects and people who are changing communities across the country with arts and culture.

Financial Cautionary Tales: How to Prevent Common Financial BreakdownsFinancial Cautionary Tales: How to Prevent Common Financial Breakdowns

Organizational Sustainability—A webinar and a list of resources for how nonprofits can avoid common financial traps, including nearly a dozen case studies.

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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. 

At the crossroads of housing and health care Bob Van Meter on how comprehensive community development is uniquely positioned to help short-circuit the link between poverty and poor health.

Improving neighborhood nutrition requires more than food A New York initiative is coupling efforts to improve the supply of healthy food with a broader community development strategy to strengthen neighborhoods. 

Institute Webinar

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

How to Do It Resources

"Intersections: Health and the Built Environment" Ideas, statistics and examples for a wide variety of strategies to improve or add buildings and other local infrastructure in ways that help local residents live healthier lives.

"Understanding the Role of Community Development Finance in Improving Access to Healthy Food" A guide for public health practitioners on using community development finance to help increase community access to healthy food.

Health & Community Development: Research Factsheets The Institute created these factsheets on academic research around health issues in low-income communities, including access to healthy foods, community health centers and physical activity for youth.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps This website offers evidence-informed policies, programs and system changes to improve factors we know affect health, from individuals' health behaviors to social and economic factors in the community.

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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