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We Know How to Solve Philly’s Housing Crisis. We Just Need to Do It.

In an op-ed for Philadelphia's NPR affiliate, Andy Frishkoff, ED of LISC Philly, and Nilda Ruiz, a longtime LISC board member and director of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, explain how community engagement, combined with intensive investment from federal, state and local entities, can successfully address the affordable housing gap. The way is known; we need to activate the will. 

Building Economic Opportunities in Black Communities: A Netflix Webinar

ICYMI, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones recently joined Bill Bynum, CEO of HOPE Credit Union, and Shannon Alwyn and Aaron Mitchell of Netflix, for a Netflix webinar on strategies to spark economic opportunity and wealth creation in Black communities. The wide-ranging conversation took place on the heels of a $25 million partnership from Netflix to LISC for investment in Black banks and other entities to ramp up economic activity that benefits Black communities.

“Access Is Opportunity”: LISC CEO Inaugurates a New Podcast

Maurice A. Jones, LISC’s CEO, is the inaugural guest on U.S. Bank’s new podcast “Real Good.” He speaks with Emmy-winning journalist Faith Salie about how even systemic problems must be fought at the local level, why broadband availability is one of the biggest problems facing rural America today, and how access and opportunity are one and the same.

LISC CEO to NYT: Leverage Community Development System to Narrow Inequality

In a letter to the editor of the New York Times responding to a David Brooks column on reparations to African Americans, LISC's CEO describes how CDFIs and community-led development projects are a ready-made strategy for building equitable prosperity across the country. What's needed now is intensive public and private investment to make it work.

Closing the Racial Opportunity Gap is Within America’s Grasp. So Let’s Do It.

For the nation to be competitive, we must pursue economic justice and close the racial wealth gap, write LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones and board chair Robert E. Rubin in an op-ed for The Hill. They lay out concrete bipartisan steps that government can take today to lift millions of Americans out of poverty and promote an equitable economic recovery.