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LISC WNY LISC WNY is part of a national community & economic development organization that links neighborhoods and individuals with the tools they need to thrive.
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For almost three decades, LISC has connected local organizations and community leaders with resources to revitalize neighborhoods and improve quality of life. The LISC model assembles private and public resources and directs it to locally-defined priorities. Our unique structure enables local organizations to access national resources and expertise, and our funding partners to leverage their investments to achieve remarkable results.

For almost three decades, LISC has connected local organizations and community leaders with resources to revitalize neighborhoods and improve quality of life. The LISC model assembles private and public resources and directs it to locally-defined priorities. Our unique structure enables local organizations to access national resources and expertise, and our funding partners to leverage their investments to achieve remarkable results.

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Congrats to our Community Development Award winners! Affordable Housing Development Project of 2020: Elim Townhomes by B...
04/16/2021
LISC WNY Announces 2021 Community Development Award Winners | LISC Western New York

Congrats to our Community Development Award winners!

Affordable Housing Development Project of 2020: Elim Townhomes by Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc.

Quality of Life Project or Program of 2020: Groceries to Seniors by The Journey Church

The 2020 Building Inclusive Economy Awards: Founders Go Big by Launch NY

Nonprofit Community Development Organization of 2020: Jericho Road Community Health Center

2020 Community Builder Award: Juweria Dahir

You truly embody what it means to be a COVID-19 Champion & Collaborator! Read more about their inspiring initiatives here: https://www.lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/lisc-wny-announces-2021-community-development-award-winners/"

Once more, please give it up for our 2021 Community Development Awardees, who contributed greatly to help make our city more equitable and inclusive in 2020.

Our #CDA2021 Virtual Ceremony is tomorrow!  DJ Milk Buffalo will be spinning tunes at 9 a.m. with the program beginning ...
04/15/2021
2021 LISC WNY Community Development Awards

Our #CDA2021 Virtual Ceremony is tomorrow! DJ Milk Buffalo will be spinning tunes at 9 a.m. with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m. Start your Friday off on a really positive note!

These individuals and organizations will be making great strides in Buffalo for years to come. Register today and get to know them tomorrow. 🗓 💻

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-lisc-wny-community-development-awards-tickets-139566801059

LISC WNY Brings Back the Community Development Awards on April 16, 2021 DJ Milk & Coffee: 9:00 – 9:30am EDT Program: 9:30-11:00am EDT

The Community Development Award nominees for Quality of Life Project or Program of the Year made life better for residen...
04/12/2021
Our Quality of Life Project or Program of the Year Nominees | LISC Western New York

The Community Development Award nominees for Quality of Life Project or Program of the Year made life better for residents, businesses and/or organizations in equitable and inclusive ways.

Buffalo is better because of them.

https://www.lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/our-quality-life-project-or-program-year-nominees/

This honor recognizes a project or program that enhances the quality of life for residents, businesses, and/or organizations in an equitable and inclusive way.

Our #CDA2021 Virtual Ceremony will feature incredible live performances by local artists!From 9-9:30 a.m., DJ Milk Buffa...
04/08/2021

Our #CDA2021 Virtual Ceremony will feature incredible live performances by local artists!

From 9-9:30 a.m., DJ Milk Buffalo will be spinning tunes as you make your coffee and get ready for the program. Then, poetic performances by Bianca L. McGraw and vonetta t. rhodes will open and close the award show.

Register today! 💻 ☕️ 🎵

The theme for this year's Community Development Awards was COVID-19 Champions & Collaborators. Our Nonprofit Community D...
04/06/2021
Meet our Nonprofit Community Development Organization of the Year Nominees | LISC Western New York

The theme for this year's Community Development Awards was COVID-19 Champions & Collaborators. Our Nonprofit Community Development Organization of the Year nominees embraced that in every way possible.

Read more about their innovative initiatives here: https://www.lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/meet-our-nonprofit-community-development-organization-year-nominees/

This honor recognizes an outstanding organization or partnership of organizations that provided advocacy, leadership and innovation to strengthen neighborhoods and initiatives in response to the hardships of 2020.

You'll be seeing these faces making strides in WNY for years to come. The other half of our 12 Community Builder nominee...
04/01/2021

You'll be seeing these faces making strides in WNY for years to come. The other half of our 12 Community Builder nominees:

Juweria Dahir helped families navigate remote learning with computer illiteracy workshops during the pandemic.

Betty Jean Grant held several giveaways of masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to ensure African American communities weren't being left behind.

Rolando Cercone helped the First Fruits Food Pantry reach 300+ families and personally delivered meals to homes.

John Somers is the founder of the Bailey Green Initiative, which focuses on improving the Bailey-Genesee neighborhood of Buffalo

Avi Israel founded Save the Michaels of the World, an organization that supports families dealing with drug addiction.

Casimiro Rodriguez donates his time to countless local community organizations including being President Emeritus of the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc.

The people behind powerful missions in WNY.  The first half of our 12 Community Builder nominees:Tiffany Lewis, founder ...
03/30/2021

The people behind powerful missions in WNY. The first half of our 12 Community Builder nominees:

Tiffany Lewis, founder of Confident Girl Mentoring Program, Inc.

Raziya Hill, founder of Every Bottom Covered, Inc.

Jalonda Hill, founder of Colored Girls Bike Too.

Stephanie Simeon leads two nonprofit organizations focused on housing affordability, including Fruit Belt Community Land Trust.

Leah Vance Daniels, founder of Fostering Greatness Inc.

Stan Martin addresses social justice issues that impact Black and brown communities with Stan Martin Consulting.

We are so lucky that our 12 Community Builder Award nominees chose to call Buffalo home. The advocacy, leadership and in...
03/28/2021
Meet our 12 Inspiring Community Builder Award Nominees | LISC Western New York

We are so lucky that our 12 Community Builder Award nominees chose to call Buffalo home. The advocacy, leadership and innovation these individuals have shown in our hometown during an incredibly difficult 2020 has been inspiring to see.

Learn more about their important initiatives here: lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/meet-our-12-inspiring-community-builder-award-nominees/

This honor recognizes an outstanding individual or individuals that have provided advocacy, leadership and innovation to strengthen neighborhoods and initiatives in response to the hardships of 2020.

The Community Development Award nominees for the Building Inclusive Economy category are...Buffalo Business Blitz, an in...
03/26/2021
Introducing our Building Inclusive Economy Award Nominees | LISC Western New York

The Community Development Award nominees for the Building Inclusive Economy category are...

Buffalo Business Blitz, an initiative with Josh Norman's Starz24 Foundation, raised over $500,000 for small businesses in the City of Buffalo and Erie County.

Launch NY, a nonprofit venture development organization that provided specialized resources for minority and women-led startups.
https://www.lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/introducing-our-building-inclusive-economy-award-nominees/

This award recognizes a specific organization, individual, project or program that improves the overall economic impact in a WNY area.

The Community Development Award nominees for the Affordable Housing Development Project category are...Belmont Housing R...
03/24/2021
Meet Our Affordable Housing Development Project of the Year Nominees | LISC Western New York

The Community Development Award nominees for the Affordable Housing Development Project category are...

Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity Buffalo!

Whether it was creating affordable rental opportunities for seniors in Amherst or safely mobilizing building volunteers in the Fruit Belt during the COVID-19 health crisis, these organizations broke ground in exciting ways in 2020.

https://www.lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/meet-our-affordable-housing-development-project-year-nominees/

This recognition will be given to one or more Community Development Corporations and/or private developers who have come together on a specific affordable housing or development project.

Mark your calendars! The 2021 Community Development Awards (CDA) are Friday, April 16. In the next few weeks, we will be...
03/22/2021
LISC WNY Brings Back the Community Development Awards in 2021 | LISC Western New York

Mark your calendars! The 2021 Community Development Awards (CDA) are Friday, April 16.

In the next few weeks, we will be highlighting our very worthy nominees. These individuals and organizations all have made significant contributions to inclusive and equitable community development in the WNY region during the hardships of 2020. We can't wait for you to meet them!

https://www.lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/lisc-wny-brings-back-community-development-awards-2021/

Join us as we celebrate the passionate, hardworking individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to inclusive and equitable community development during the hardships of 2020.

Did you know that LISC is one of three organizations nationally to receive HUD Section 4 Funds to disburse?. What are HU...
03/09/2021

Did you know that LISC is one of three organizations nationally to receive HUD Section 4 Funds to disburse?
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What are HUD Section 4 funds, you ask? They are dollars to support organizational funding for staff, consultants, and programs of Community Development Corporations (CDCs)!
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We are now accepting applications for 2021 Section 4 Candidates! Visit us at www.lisc.org/wny to apply.

Our fifth and last award highlight for the 2021 Community Development Awards taking place on April 16th is.... (drum rol...
02/26/2021

Our fifth and last award highlight for the 2021 Community Development Awards taking place on April 16th is.... (drum roll please)... The 2020 Community Builder Award!
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This award recognizes an outstanding individual (or individuals) that have provided advocacy, leadership and innovation to strengthen neighborhoods and initiatives in response to the hardships of 2020. Who are those community members who have given countless hours of time and energy to drive forward initiatives important to their neighborhoods and the people around them? Do you have a nominee in mind? Tell us how the individual(s) accomplished this goal!
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Click the link to learn more about the event, and how to nominate: https://www.lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/lisc-wny-brings-back-community-development-awards-2021/
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#CDA2021 #equitabledevelopment

Tune in NOW to hear more from our amazing community partner, Alexa Wajed, as she talks about her work with Eat Off Art a...
02/19/2021

Tune in NOW to hear more from our amazing community partner, Alexa Wajed, as she talks about her work with Eat Off Art and Cultrue Inc, and the #PrideinPlaceBuffalo work she is leading!

Excited to have you all join us for the Community Engagement and Block Chat! Its going to be a wonderful topic, like always, so please join in. Additionally come hear updates from the Board of Block Clubs of Buffalo and Erie County!

The LISC WNY hosted Community Development Awards are taking place this year on April 16, 2021..And today's highlight is ...
02/17/2021

The LISC WNY hosted Community Development Awards are taking place this year on April 16, 2021.
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And today's highlight is the Nonprofit Community Development Organization of the Year!
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This award recognizes recognizes an outstanding organization, or partnership of organizations, that provided advocacy, leadership and innovation to strengthen neighborhoods and initiatives in response to the hardships of 2020.
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If you know of an organization or collaborative partnership effort that fits this bill, consider nominating them for an award! We are accepting nominations through March 5th.
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A huge THANK YOU to our sponsors, for helping us put together meaningful awards for our awardees. Awardees will receive $5,000 grants to support the work of their organizations! Additionally, awardees will get a subscription to Catchafire, a volunteer matching service, to help organizations better manage their workload in 2021 (a $2,000 service!)
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Event sponsored by Citizens. Awards sponsored by The Western New York Foundation, M&T Bank, KeyBank, and Bank of America.
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Click the link to see the full nomination details, nomination form, and event registration: https://www.lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/lisc-wny-brings-back-community-development-awards-2021/

Through to the end of February, LISC WNY is accepting nominations for the 2021 Community Development Awards, presented b...
02/10/2021

Through to the end of February, LISC WNY is accepting nominations for the 2021 Community Development Awards, presented by Citizens! Community members have the opportunity to nominate and support organizations that are doing great work.
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We have five award categories, and today, we are highlighting the Building Inclusive Economies Award!
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This award is given to a specific organization, individual, project or program that improves the overall economic impact in the WNY area. Do you know of a project or program that supports affordability? Stimulates new investment? Increases Family Wealth and/or creates jobs? How did the organization or individual increase these measures?
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If so, you may consider submitting a nomination to recognize them for their great work!
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Click the link to find event details, the nomination form and event registration link: http://ow.ly/ShTb50DwEzF
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Photo cred: Northland Workforce Training Center

Black history is Buffalo history. Check out www.prideinplacebuffalo.com, a collaboration of the @aarplivable Community C...
02/05/2021

Black history is Buffalo history. Check out www.prideinplacebuffalo.com, a collaboration of the @aarplivable Community Challenge project to learn more about Buffalo's Black history and creative culture. You can design your own exploration tour, check out neighborhood art and photography, learn about healthy living program opportunities and more!
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@byalexajoan
@eatoffart
Buffalo Center for Health Equity
@getfokusdproductions
@wakandaalliance
@thefrontseatlife
@brelanddesigns
@getampdphotography
University at Buffalo Center for Urban Studies
Jericho Road Community Health Center
Buffalo Freedom Gardens
CAI - Cicatelli Associates Inc.

#aarplivablecommunities #aarpcommunitychallenge #prideinplacebuffalo #buffalohealthequity #liscwny

And another award highlight for the Community Development Awards on April 16, presented by Citizens Bank!.Today's highli...
02/03/2021

And another award highlight for the Community Development Awards on April 16, presented by Citizens Bank!
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Today's highlight is the Quality of Life Project or Program of the Year
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Do you know of a project or program that enhanced the quality of life for residents, businesses, and/or organizations in an equitable and inclusive way in 2020? Did the project enhance health and/or wealth in the given neighborhood? Did the project or program create more equitable solutions for mobility, food access, public space, safety and justice?
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If so, you may consider submitting a nomination to recognize them for their great work!
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Click the link to find more details and the nomination form. Event registration coming soon! .
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https://www.lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/lisc-wny-brings-back-community-development-awards-2021/

Do you or someone you know have a passion for real estate, housing and finance? If so, we have a new opportunity to join...
02/02/2021

Do you or someone you know have a passion for real estate, housing and finance? If so, we have a new opportunity to join our team!
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LISC WNY is seeking a Real Estate Development Officer, whose key responsibilities include program finance support and housing program support. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required, along with a minimum of 5 years professional experience in community development, real estate, lending, finance or non-profit field.
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Click here for more info: https://www.lisc.org/wny/who/opportunities/

We are thrilled to be bringing back the Community Development Awards on April 16, 2021, presented by Citizens Bank!.Toda...
01/29/2021

We are thrilled to be bringing back the Community Development Awards on April 16, 2021, presented by Citizens Bank!
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Today we are highlighting one of our 5 award categories: Affordable Housing Development Project of the Year
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Nominations are now open! Do you know a Community Development Corporation and/or private developers who have come together on a specific affordable housing or development project? Did the project benefit a specific subset of demographic who had a strong need? How did the project contribute significantly to the enhancement of the community? If you know an organization or individual who you think should be recognized for their great work in this arena in 2020, support them through a nomination!
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Click the link to find more details and the nomination form: https://www.lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/lisc-wny-brings-back-community-development-awards-2021/
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Registration to attend the event coming soon!
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#equitabledevelopment #cda2021

Mark Poloncarz
01/26/2021

Mark Poloncarz

The next meeting of the Erie County Police Reform & Reinvention Task Force will take place this Thursday January 28th at 5:00PM. Watch it live on the Erie County YouTube channel: http://YouTube.com/ErieCountyNY and please send your comments on #PoliceReform to [email protected].

Love Your Block Buffalo
01/26/2021

Love Your Block Buffalo

Hello Love Your Block Friends!

Thank you for being CHANGE AGENTS in your Neighborhoods! Let's Re-Connect!

On behalf of Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo Love Your Block Team, you are coordinately invited to the 2021 Love Your Block Peer to Peer Networking Virtual Workshop ​that will be taking place on Friday January 29, 2021 at 3:30pm.
During this virtual workshop, we will be discussing the adversity we faced during the 2020, the innovative Community Response Fund as response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the volunteer led LYB projects that many of you spearheaded despite the pandemic. We will reflect on your success and the experiences many of you have had as community leaders engaging in your neighborhoods and organizing LYB projects.
We hope that you will join us for this discussion and celebration of our successes! Please RSVP by clicking HERE.

Not a Love Your Block member?
Not to worry! The meeting will also serve as an informational session, and an opportunity for you to learn about how you can join LYB, receive technical assistance and upto $1500 in mini-grants for your neighborhood project.
Please feel free to share the attached flyer with anyone that may be interested
As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Links to the meeting will be e-mailed after you RSVP. You may join by video or phone, but we encourage that you join by video, so that you may view the presentation.

Register Below, or email is directly to receive the registration link. Thank you.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=eoSeGhaxhUeVotf_aC2QkSxEVFI3Bb1Otq_n-JuRCy5UMFZEV0VQNjM0TFVYS1kzRUxRUEcwTTUxVC4u

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70 W Chippewa, Suite 604
Buffalo, NY
14202

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(716) 852-3430

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LISC's Buffalo office was opened in late 1998. Since then we have worked with local not-for-profit partners, private developers, local government and schools, and have provided funding and technical assistance to support projects that are contributing to healthier and more sustainable communities, and improving the lives of the families that live within them. Our not-for-profit partners are planning strategically, building their capacity, engaging resident and business leadership and creating positive changes for their communities. In 2020, we announced our name change and expansion of service to the Western New York community. LISC Western New York thanks our partners for their on the ground work, and our funders for their support and guidance.

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