The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development is a venture of Local Initiatives Support Corporation. It was established in 2010 to advance the field of comprehensive community development and the positive impact it has in urban and rural communities across the country.
The Institute is a place where the community development field can take what it learns from practice and use it as a base from which to provide training, to promote research in comprehensive community development, and to investigate the public policies that would best advance this work locally and nationally. The Institute is the locus where practice and theory meet, and where experimentation and innovation – grounded in real-world experience – flourish.
Please visit the Institute’s “How to Do It” page for more resources.
LISC’s disseminates technical assistance and best practices through Experts Online webcasts. These webcasts are interactive forums for discussion among industry experts, as well as national and local practitioners. LISC provides these webcasts free of charge as a support and training service to community development practitioners nationwide.
Many of these webcasts are archived and its materials are made available for download for on- and offline viewing. Browse or search our collection.
LISC’s Community Safety Initiative builds long-term partnerships with key parties in troubled communities to reduce persistent crime, disorder and fear. In neighborhoods as diverse as Brooklyn’s East New York, Seattle’s Chinatown-International district, and Kansas City’s east side, CSI has been the catalyst for physical improvements and strategies that have reduced crime, increased public confidence, and attracted new businesses.
Green Development Center
LISC’s Green Development Center (GDC) provides tools and resources that LISC and community partners need to make building sustainable communities possible. From trainings and policy support to grants and a designated Green Loan Fund, the GDC works hard to make comprehensive green development a proven strategy for investing in low-income neighborhoods and improving quality of life.
LISC’s unique national-local structure enables us to field national program experts in critical community development issues. These national experts provide technical assistance to our local office staff and practitioners in local community organizations, and participate in policy efforts of the community development industry.