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Press Coverage of LISC Boston

March 12, 2017

Low-income housing finance takes hit from Trump's tax-cut promise

“We have clearly documented needs for more affordable housing,” [Bob Van Meter] said. The hit on low-income housing tax credits “will make it harder to meet those needs, there’s no question about it.”


March 2, 2017

Capuano asks for 'open gate' promotion ot highlight Fairmount Line positives

"It really is indicative of the history in which the community members have been undervalued over time.  And especially now when local governments are supposedly really exploring and engaging in more equity work, why are the very groups that would be impacted by the work always the last brought to the table?"


November 30, 2016

Forging economic connections on the Fairmount Corridor

"A strategy for boosting economic development along the Fairmount Corridor by attracting and retaining businesses and jobs — and particularly, connecting corridor residents to those jobs — appears to be gaining traction." 


October 27, 2016

Businessses, residents grapple with rail woes on Fairmount Line

On Tuesday, LISC led public and private sector leaders in a discussion about place-based recommendations to bring economic gains to the 135,000 residents living in the Fairmount Indigo Corridor.  Here, the Dorchester Reporter discusses bringing jobs, transit justice, and more to the neighborhoods along the rail line. 


October 26, 2016

Local Leaders Announce Impact Lending

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joins leadership from Northeastern University and LISC Small Business President and CEO Kevin Boes at the Bolling Building in Roxbury, to announce the launch of the region's first university-supported loan program for women- and minority-owned businesses. This initiative, called the Impact Lending program, enables local small-business owners to secure loans, at below-market interest rates, to acquire crucial resources to expand their businesses. 


October 25, 2016

LISC, Northeastern University launch Impact Lending program for Boston businesses

Northeastern University and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) of Boston try to help small businesses in low-inicome neighborhoods by providing low-interest impact loans. 

October 25, 2016

LISC, Northeastern University launch loan program for Boston businesses

The private university will announce on Tuesday it is spending $2.5 million to help guarantee nearly $6.5 million in small business loans over the next two years. The loans will be provided with funding from Local Initiatives Support Corp. and Mass Growth Capital Corp., a state economic development organization, and can be used to help businesses expand and pay for equipment.

August 15, 2016

Transit equity has a housing component: Subsidized, affordable housing needed near the T

Bob Van Meter, LISC Boston Executive Director, and Roger Herzog, Executive Director of Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) discuss the need for equitable transit-oriented development (TOD), and their TOD partnerships.

August 2, 2016

Working for Transit Equity in Mattapan

LISC Boston's Allentza Michel, Coordinator of the Fairmount Indigo Network, in a letter to the editor of The Boston Globe about the work we're doing to improve access to public transit along the Fairmoung Corridor

July 28, 2016

Karleen Porcena on Neighborhood Network News

LISC Boston's Karleen Porcena, Program Officer for Economic Opportunity, on Boston Neighborhood Network News discussing our economic development work.

July 25, 2016

Inés Palmarin on Boston Neighborhood Network News

LISC Boston's Inés Palmarin, Program Officer for Resilient Communities/Resilient Families, on Boston Neighborhood Network News discussing our creative placemaking work in Mattapan.

July 18, 2016

"To help communities thrive, create transit-accessible affordable housing"

Op-ed by LISC Boston ED Bob Van Meter about the importance of equitable transit-oriented development, illustrated by our first Equitable TOD Accelerator Fund project to enter the construction phase

July 11, 2016

"Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.3 Million for Programs to Save Low-Income Residents Money on Energy Bills"

LISC Boston’s Green Retrofit Initiative received a $600,000 grant, provided by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), which will enable us to support organizations statewide to systematically achieve deep energy efficiency savings and implement clean energy technologies. 

April 19, 2016

"How a Health Clinic Made a Local Grocery Store Part of Its Prescription"

A partnership between a Boston health clinic and a local grocery shows what economic development can do when it makes community health a priority.  By LISC Boston Executive Director Bob Van Meter in Yes! Magazine.

March 28, 2016

"Developing Economic, Along with Physical, Health Mind"

What happens when a family-owned supermarket and a neighborhood health center decide to join forces to improve community health? Read our Executive Director Bob Van Meter's article in Shelterforce's online magazine to learn more.


February, 2016

"Investing with Health in Mind"

The Healthy Futures Fund has helped improve the health of communities in and around Boston. Featured in this article, the unique partnership between Vicente's Supermarket and Brockton Neighborhood Health Center.

February, 2016

"Boston Neighborhoods Reshaped by Gentrification"

Bob Van Meter, LISC Boston Executive Director, recently shared some of his insights about gentrification in Boston with the New Boston Post.  "One of the things that [LISC] found during community meetings is that the problem created by gentrification forces isn’t rising rents and population displacement but the dislocation of businesses."  

January, 2016 "Mattapan Forums Asking: How to Help Residents Stay Here?" Link
On January 14, Mattapan residents gathered to discuss the risk of gentrification in their community.
March, 2014 "Mayor Marty Walsh and JPNDC inaugurate 6 Businesses in Jamaica Plain!" Link
On March 29th Jamaica Plain NDC and Mayor Marty Walsh inaugurated 6 Small Businesses in what was formerly known as the Blessed Sacrament Church campus. The businesses reflect the Latino community. (Article in Spanish)
August, 2013 "Developer says old bus yard can be a Roxbury highlight" Link
Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation’s  $140 million development, Bartlett Place, would fill a void in the redevelopment of Dudley Square, which is seeing a burst of construction after years of inactivity. If built as envisioned, the project’s housing could create one of the most diverse communities in the city.
July, 2013 "City, state stepping up to support mixed-income development" Link
Read Bob Van Meter's letter responding to the Boston Globe's July 15th editorial supporting mixed-income development along the Fairmount Line.
July, 2013 "Pieces are being put in place for a Dudley Square revival" Link
There is a crane in Dudley Square that represents big things and changes are happening in Dudley. Click on the link to read Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation breaking ground later this year on the first phase of Bartlett Place in July 17th 2013 Boston Globe's article.
June, 2013 "Ribbon Cutting for 157 Washington Street, Dorchester" Link
The Dorcheser Reporter featured an article the day after summer officially arrived, two local events will kick off the outdoor arts season: a temporary museum in Uphams Corner and an official opening ceremony at a new arts venue in Four Corners. Read more on the link.
October, 2012 "Construction Complete at Somerville's 75 Cross Street" Link
The Boston Business Journal featured an article on Somerville Community Corporation's 75 Cross Street's ribbon cutting on October 23, 2012 Read more on the link.
October, 2012 "Low-Income Housing Can be Energy Efficient Too" Link
The Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, Talbot North Triangle Neighbors United, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation met in a charrette to discuss sustainability for a community.
September, 2012 "Mattapan United's Community Fabric Jamboree" Link
Mattapan United put on an event at Mattapan's Mattahunt School that featured music, health food, resource tables, performances and plenty of kid's activities.
July, 2012 "Codman Square, Four Corners groups looks to turn around neighborhood" Link
A group of committed residents, teens, and stakeholders met Tuesday night, July 24, 2012 at the Second Church of Dorchester. Click on the link to read full article.
June, 2012 "Codman Action Groups - largest gathering of residents and stakeholders" Link
Codman Square, Four Corners Neighborhood meet to create community Contract on June 19th. Click on the link to read full article.
May, 2012 "Jackson Square redevelopment starts" Link
The first phase of the $250 million redevelopment of Jackson Square kicked off a ground breaking ceremony for the 225 Centre Street project on May 12, 2012.  Click on the link to read full article.
January, 2012 "Connect Boston launched in Chelsea, Massachusetts" Link
Chelsea CONNECT is officially launched. Boston LISC has been a funder of the program which combines financial and employment services in one place. Click on the link to read full article.
December, 2011 "Mel King Institute fills gap in Community" Link
Click on the link to read an article in the Bay State Banner about how the Mel King Institute continues to make an impact in stengthening capacities in the community development field.
November, 2011 "Fairmount Line gets funding from HUD" Link
On November 21, 2011, the City of Boston was awarded $1,865,160 for the Fairmount Line Smart Growth Corridor Project. The project will conduct planning and strategic land acquisition to facilitate mixed-use and transit oriented development along the Fairmount Commuter rail line. Click on the link and read more.
October, 2011 "NFL Grant Recognition Event" Link
On October 6, 2011, the Nashua School District Recognition Event acknowledging The NFL Grassroots Program, a partnership between NFL Youth football Fund and Local Initiatives Support Corporation.  Click on the link and read more.
September, 2011 The Mattapan Reporter "New ABCD director is a 'dynamo' for Mattapan Families" Link
The Mattapan ABCD Family Service Center announces new Executive Director Milagros "Milly" Arbaje-Thomas. Click on the link and read more
September, 2011 The Boston Globe, Metro "A boost for a blighted neighborhood" Link
Quincy Street gets $20m HUD grant.  The US Department of Housing and Urban Development named Boston as one of the first five cities to share $122 million aimed at revitalizing high poverty neighborhoods and helping low-income families.Click on the link and read more
July, 2011 Shelter Force, The Journal of Affordable Housing Features: Link
Asian CDC's Executive Director, Janelle Chan is featured in Shelterforce's 36th Anniversary edition , "How do we get it done"  Click on the link and read more
July, 2011 Dorchester Reporter, "Big Turn out for Mattapan United launch" Link
On July 18th, 2011, Mattapan United has it's first meeting launching the Resilient Communities/Resilient Families. Over 100 people attended at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan.  Click on the link and read more.
June, 2011 Commonwealth Conversation "Transportation" MBTA Talbot Avenue Station Groundbreaking Link
On June 7th, 2011, Governor Deval Patrick, Congressman Michael Capuano, Boston Thomas M. Menino and state and local officials announced the groundbreaking for the $15.9 million Talbot Commuter Rail Station, as part of the MBTA Fairmount Commuter Rail Line Rehabilitation Project.
June, 2011 Dorchester Reporter, "Boost for Codman Square: new building will feature housing units" Link
The Levedo Building will have its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 7, 2011.  Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, the City of Boston and their partners and supporters will be celebrating the completion of their latest real estate development success.  The construction on the 36,781 square-foot Levedo Building, which includes 24 affordable rental homes and commercial sites, was supported by several partners including Boston LISC.
May, 2011, "North Shore CDC's Americorps volunteer featured in national publication" Link
LISC AmeriCorps member Jairo Hernandez, currently serving at North Shore Community Development Coalition, was recently profiled in an article on Boston LISC Executive Director Bob Van Meter was quoted as saying, "We are delighted that we can support both the North Shore Community Development Corporation and Jairo Hernandez, a young man who is working to make a difference in his community and an organization that is making a difference."
May, 2011 Somerville Journal, "Saint Polycarp Village construction begins in Somerville's Winter Hill" Link
The site of the former Saint Polycarp Parish in Somerville is moving one step closer along its transformation into mixed-use village. Sommerville Community Corporation celebrated the start of construction of Saint Polycarp Village Phase II at a Groundbreaking Ceremony Thursday, May 5, 2011. Boston LISC has supported Saint Polycarp Village Phase 1 with a $45,000 green grant and a $100,000 bridge loan and Phase 2 with a $175,000 predevelopment loan.
April, 2011, "Grants help nonprofits to help themselves" Link
The Boston Globe featured a story about the work of the Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits which Boston LISC is a participant in. The fund is to drive innovation in the sector and we are partnered with The Boston Foundation, the Hyams Foundation, the United Way, and the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Two of the three funded projects in the article feature community development corporations. We are pleased that the community development sector is leading the way on innovation.
March, 2011, "Key part of $225M Jackson Square redevelopment gets financial lift" Link
The Jackson Square Partners (Urban Edge, Jamaica Plain NDC and the Hyde Square Task Force) received more than $7.1 million to support the $50 million construction of a mixed use, transit-oriented 103 rental-unit development at 225 Centre St. The project, conceived by residents and city officials one decade ago, will include 35 affordable homes, 10 of which will be reserved for "extremely low-income families". Boston LISC has invested $200,000 in early stage capital in this project.
January, 2011 Wicked Local, Waltham, "Volunteers Help WATCH fill Waltham home with energy" Link
To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the Boston LISC AmeriCorps members partnered with WATCH CDC on a barn-raising, a project to help weatherize a two-family house and help residents decrease monthly energy costs. 
November, 2010 Harvard Gazette, "A housing dream come true" Link
Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and development partner New Atlantic Development Corporation have received a total of $1.3 million in 20/20/2000 loans through both the Boston Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Boston Community Capital to support site acquisition and construction for phase 1 of the Blessed Sacrament project. The Blessed Sacrament campus has been one of the largest Boston recipients of 20/20/2000 funding. Click on the link for the full article.
October, 2010 City Line, WCVB TV, "Protecting Affordable Housing" Link
Jeanne Pinado, one of our key partners and Executive Director of Madison Park DC, talks about the importance on affordable housing on this week’s City Line WCVB TV News. Click here to find out how the Affordable Housing Law is the most effective tool Massachusetts has to create affordable housing.
September, 2010 The Boston Globe, "Initiative promises more clout for charities" Link
An innovative, new funding partnership has been established by the Boston Foundation, Boston LISC, the Hyams Foundation, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. The Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits will help nonprofit organizations develop promising voluntary collaborations as a way to deliver greater impact from the important work they do in communities throughout the Boston area. Please click on the link to the September 22, 2010 Boston Globe Business article.
September, 2010 WBZ NEWS, "Company Helps Clean Up Foreclosed Neighborhood" Link
Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation has acquired and rehabbed foreclosed properties on Hendy Street. Read more about the transformation that fresh paint, organized residents, and safe streets have accomplished.  Boston LISC supports the Dorchester Bay EDC with our recoverable grant and loan portfolio and Community Safety Initiative. Please click on the link to the September 16, 2010 WBZ NEWS article.
August, 2010 KIPP Awards 10 Teachers $10,000 Link
10 KIPP teachers won $10,000 Excellence in Teaching awards at a ceremony in Las Vegas held last week to honor KIPP educators. One of the winners, Joel Hector, is the director of special education and English language learners at KIPP Academy in Lynn, Massachusetts.  Boston LISC granted KIPP Academy Lynn a $70,000 prededevelopment recoverable grant to help fund the school's expansion.
June, 2010 Dorchester Reporter, "Boost for Codman Square: New building will feature housing units" Link
More affordable housing is coming to Codman Square: In the works since 2007, the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation started construction earlier this year on the 36,781 square-foot Levedo Building, which will include 24 affordable apartments and commercial sites.  Boston LISC awarded CSNDC a predevelopment loan, a recoverable grant, and a green construction loan for this project.
April, 2010 Banner, "Moving on up" Jackson Square redevelopment underway in Jamaica Plain Link
Jamaica Plain NDC and Urban Edge, non profit developers in Jamaica Plain, are starting the redevelopment of nearly 11 acres that will incorporate as many as 14 to 15 separate projects at a total cost of up to $250 million.
March, 2010 WBUR, "As Construction Alters Closed Church, Jamaica Plain Builds Its Community " Link
Features news about Jamaica Plain NDC's work to transform the100 year landmark "Blessed Sacrament", a church property from the Archdiocese, into condos that will be sold at below market rates, affordable housing for formerly homeless people and retail space. Boston LISC supported this project with a $1,000,000 loan and $7,000,000 in New Markets Tax Credit Equity.
February, 2010 Shelterforce, "Getting from Here to There" Link
Features an article about Transit Oriented Development, specifically the Fairmount Indigo Line (Mattapan CDC, Dorchester Bay EDC, Codman Square, and Southwest Boston CDC). Also mentioned is the Somerville CC's plans for an extension of the Green Line in Somervile, MA.
January, 2010 New England Planning, "Advancing Community Development by Confronting Racism" PDF
Features an article about "The Alliance," a coalition formed by Boston LISC and MACDC that seeks to promote racial and ethnic diversity in the community development field.
December, 2009 City of Boston Press Release, "City Joins Nuestra Comunidad in Breaking Ground at Blue Hill Avenue's Kasanof Bakery Site" PDF
Features Nuestra's Ground Breaking, a project supported by Boston LISC and other financing partners.
August, 2009 Boston Herald, "Complex trades shots for affordable shelter" JPG
Features Dorchester Bay EDC's opening of the Dudley Village Homes, a project supported by Boston LISC, and a quote from Boston LISC Executive Director Bob Van Meter.
July, 2009 South Boston Tribune, "Teens Set to Begin 'Beautifying Broadway'" PDF
Profiles a Boston LISC Americorps member placed at South Boston NDC and her project working with local youth to green the streets of South Boston JPG
October, 2008 Boston Globe, "Quiet Safety Effort Gets Noticed: $10,000 Grant to Help Fight Crime" PDF
Features news about the Roxbury Community Safety Initiative, a venture funded by Boston LISC to improve safety in Roxbury.


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