LISC DC Makes a $50 Million Commitment to Equity and Inclusiveness


On May 11th in Anacostia, we launched our $50 million Elevating Equity Initiative!

Elevating Equity is our comprehensive effort to help foster equity, inclusiveness, and an improved quality of life in the neighborhoods surrounding the future 11th Street Bridge Park.

To support the residents living within the Bridge Park Impact Area – neighborhoods within a one-mile radius of the future site of the 11th Street Bridge Park – LISC DC will work through our nonprofit partners to provide loans, grants, tax credit equity, in-kind services, and technical support.

These investments will go towards ensuring that residents have access to housing that is affordable and essentials such as medical care, arts, services for youth and seniors, and early learning centers.


Michael Rubinger, Scott Kratz, Oramenta Newsome, Manon Matchett, Stan Jackson

Photo Credit: Jeff Salmore


Elevating Equity is our commitment to provide resources that help long-term residents and newcomers – regardless of their income – live, work, and thrive in the neighborhoods adjacent to the 11th Street Bridge Park.

LISC President and CEO, Michael Rubinger, Stan Jackson (President and CEO of the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation), Manon Matchett (Philanthropic Services Officer at the Community Foundation), and Scott Kratz (Director of the 11th Street Bridge Park), joined LISC DC’s Executive Director, Oramenta Newsome, as she officially announced the launch of our new initiative.

The event was a wonderful opportunity to connect with old friends and establish relationships with new partners. Over 100 community members came out to learn about and support this initiative. Check out photos from the event here.

We thank the 11th Street Bridge Park team for helping to ensure that the new civic space will be a driver of inclusive development in the nation’s capital.

More information about Elevating Equity can be found here.