Stepped-Up 11-City Project Creates Youth Programs, Primary-Care Clinics

The Community Building Initiative of the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) carried out specific action plans in communities, including the creation of youth programs and primary care health clinics and the upgrading of neighborhood parks and playgrounds.

The project, originally budgeted at $4.3 million, became part of the National Community Development Initiative (NCDI) with the infusion of a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and $11 million in low-interest loans from other foundations.

NCDI—a consortium of private foundations, corporations and HUD—seeks to strengthen CDCs and improve their ties to other community and citywide institutions. The project operated from July 1994 to June 1997 in 11 cities.

Key Results

  • In Kansas City, the "Building Blocks" program organized residents of 46 blocks to improve neighborhoods.

  • In Los Angeles, the "Health Sector Initiative" established or upgraded four community health clinics.

  • In New York, the project expanded a Williamsburg "Beacon School" to serve hundreds of residents with daily after-school programs.