Elevating Equity Initiative
Elevating Equity is a $50 million commitment to help foster equity, inclusiveness, and an improved quality of life in the neighborhoods surrounding the future 11th Street Bridge Park.
Investing in Inclusive Communities
Elevating Equity is a $50 million LISC DC initiative devoted to fostering equitable and inclusive development in the neighborhoods within a 1-mile radius of the future site of the 11th Street Bridge Park. Elevating Equity focuses on these DC neighborhoods through LISC’s five pillars of community development:
LISC DC works with its nonprofit partners to invest in viable, feasible projects and initiatives that are being developed and implemented in the respective neighborhoods. We vet the nonprofits and provide resources that will help them build and sustain their capacity. Our resources are used in the following way:
How to Get Involved:LISC DC is seeking additional partners to leverage its $50 million commitment. Contact Our Team for more info.
Other ways to get involved include serving as an enthusiastic ambassador of the Elevating Equity initiative. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and mention the initiative using the following hashtags: #ElevatingEquity and #BridgeParkEquity. Share LISC DC and 11th Street Bridge Park’s missions and Elevating Equity’s progress with others in the District of Columbia community.
Our Impact to DateTotal Invested: $11,432,118Donate Now
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the 11th Street Bridge Park?
The old 11th Street traffic bridges that connect Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill and historic Anacostia neighborhoods have been replaced. One part of the old infrastructure is being converted to the elevated 11thStreet Bridge Park, a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education, and the arts. The 11th Street Bridge Park will be a place unlike any other in Washington, D.C. –one that supports the community’s physical, environmental, cultural, and economic health. For more information, visit www.bridgepark.org.
What is the Bridge Park Impact Area?
The Bridge Park Impact Area consists of the neighborhoods located within a one-mile radius of the future site of the 11th Street Bridge Park. These neighborhoods include Anacostia, Fairlawn, Hillsdale, Capitol Hill, and the Navy Yard.
How will LISC DC implement Elevating Equity?
LISC DC will work through its nonprofit partners to invest in viable, feasible projects and initiatives that are being developed and implemented in the respective neighborhoods. We will vet the nonprofits and provide resources that will help them build and sustain their capacity. Our resources will be used to create and/or preserve:
- Housing that is affordable to existing and new residents
- Facilities that will meet the needs of low-income residents (e.g. health care, early learning, adult education, food and nutrition, senior services, services for youth, and the arts).
How did LISC DC get involved with the 11th Street Bridge Park?
LISC DC first started working with Scott Kratz, the Executive Director of the 11th Street Bridge Park, in 2013. Since then, LISC DC’s partnership with the 11th Street Bridge Park team has evolved. Initially, LISC DC provided a small grant to help them get started.Over the course of 2015, however, LISC DC provided extensive technical support in the form of project management and data analysis as a part of the Equitable Development Task Force. The 11th Street Bridge Park team held meetings and work sessions with neighborhood residents, policy experts, government officials, and business owners. This led to the creation of the 11th Street Bridge Park Equitable Development Plan (EDP). Elevating Equity is LISC DC’s commitment to helping implement the recommendations in the EDP.
Does the launch of Elevating Equity mean that LISC DC will only focus on development near the Bridge Park?
No! LISC DC will continue to invest in and support communities and nonprofit partners throughout the District of Columbia.
How can I get involved?
LISC DC is seeking additional partners to leverage its $50 million commitment. This includes philanthropic and corporate support in the form of low-interest loans, grants, and in-kind services. Contact a member of the LISC DC team for more info. Other ways to get involved include:
- Following us on Twitter: @LISC_DC
- Retweeting updates about the initiative
- Sharing the initiative with others
- Elevating Equity 2-Pager
- Bridge Park Equitable Development Plan
- HUD Research Brief on Ensuring Equitable Growth
- America Walks Webinar: Advancing Neighborhood Change Through Equity and Inclusion
- The Atlantic – City Lab (February 7, 2017)
- Revitalization News (January 15, 2017)
- Next City (November 21, 2016)
- Urban Institute (September 30, 2016)
- East of the River (August 8, 2016)
- Nonprofit Quarterly (May 11, 2016)
- Chronicle of Philanthropy (May 6, 2016)
- WAMU (May 5, 2016)
- Washington Post (May 3, 2016)