November 2017
LISC DC's Latest
Last month, LISC DC staff traveled to Providence, Rhode Island to join our LISC East Coast colleagues for a regional meeting.

We discussed local program and policy goals, including LISC's focus on supporting economic growth and job creation, strategic housing initiatives that lead to more units of affordable housing developed and preserved, and enhancing the capacity of nonproft partners to achieve greater impact in the community.

We participated in a neighborhood tour of some of LISC Rhode Island's projects, including a former mill that was converted into six apartments that are rented to teachers, artists, etc. in exchange for 16 hours of work per week with the community. The space also includes a youth learning center and community meeting space. We had fun shooting some hoops with the youth!
Elevating Equity Initiative
  • LISC provided a $75,000 project investment, as well as a $10,000 grant, to Mi Casa to pay for a portion of the predevelopment costs associated with the construction of two affordable family-sized homes in the Historic Anacostia neighborhood. Mi Casa, through its Homes Within Reach project, will construct two 3-4 bedroom/2-2.5 bath detached homes at the corner of 15th Street SE and U Street SE.

  • The East of the River Book Festival brought hundreds of adults and children - many dressed in costumes depicting their favorite book characters - to the Rocketship Rise Academy to celebrate storytellers who are authors, writers, bloggers, poets, podcasters and social media power houses.

  • Check out our new Elevating Equity Initiative brochure. It features some of our partners and investments made thus far. View it here.
Upcoming Events
Photo Credit: MANNA
  • MANNA is holding its annual celebration at the First Congregational Church. Their goal is to raise $150,000 for affordable housing, and LISC Senior Program Officer Adam Kent will be providing remarks.
  • Jubilee Housing works to preserve safe, affordable housing in resource-rich neighborhoods for those with the fewest financial means. Jubilee’s Justice Housing Celebration, a fun-filled night at District Winery, a new urban winery in the heart of The Yards will raise funds to ensure justice housing for all DC residents.
Then and Now
Dance Place
With a rich history of daily arts and educational programming, Dance Place is an important asset in DC's cultural life. LISC invested in Dance Place’s renovation and expansion, which transformed it into a vibrant, interactive public space in Brookland. 
A Few Minutes With...
Miriam Dixon, LISC Office Manager
We sat down for a chat with our retiring Office Manager, Miriam Dixon.

Check out the link below to hear her talk about her time at LISC and what her future plans are.

Listen to the interview here .
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