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"Building Sustainable Communities is no longer just a plan or an idea. It's working, every day, to improve and strengthen urban and rural neighborhoods throughout the country."

--Michael Rubinger, President and CEO of LISC


Resilient Communities, Resilient Families works with local leaders to invest in housing, health, education, public safety, neighbor to neighbor connections, and economic empowerment—all the basic needs that must be tackled at once to make progress in creating a holistic, healthy communities.  We call this work “comprehensive community development,” building and funding coalitions of residents and organizations committed to improving neighborhood quality and quality of life.

Resilient Communities/Resilient Families is part of a larger initiative being implemented in over 80 neighborhoods across the country. This grows out of LISC’s broader vision that all families should have an opportunity to that everyone has the right to live in a safe, prosperous neighborhood full of opportunities.  These are positive environments in which all residents of varied income levels are provided the opportunities and tools to build assets, participate in their communities, and become part of the mainstream economy.

We identify five program goals that, taken together, define this larger vision of “Building Sustainable Communities”:

 Expanding Investment in Housing and Other Real Estate
Increasing Family Income and Wealth
 Stimulating Economic Development
 Improving Access to Quality Education
Supporting Healthy Environments and Lifestyles
Over time, we see this strategy contributing to moving the community development field toward a more comprehensive development agenda, and delivering a wealth of new resources and talent to communities where the supply of affordable housing is dwindling, family incomes remain low, financial services are poor, jobs are elusive, and quality education continues to be largely unavailable.