Helping neighbors build communities

We are one site of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development support organization. Our mission is to help neighborhood residents create healthy and sustainable places of choice and opportunity – good places to live, work, raise children and conduct business.


Check out this Urban Institute case study on SOME’s Conway Center, which will colocate employment training, health care services, and affordable housing under one roof in Ward 7.

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Our Work

We mobilize corporate, philanthropic, individual donor and government resources and invest them into the projects, programs and initiatives that build on the assets and address the challenges of the neighborhoods in Washington, DC. We are a lender, donor, advocate, convener, facilitator, and technical assistance provider.


Our Impact

Our service area is the District of Columbia. By providing loans, equity, grants, or technical support, we help local partners bring a range of improvements to their neighborhoods, including affordable housing, early learning and adult education, arts, shopping and retail, and health.


Our Team

Established in 1982, the LISC DC program is a site of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), and the largest community development support organization in the country. The LISC DC program has a 5 person staff and is supported by a Local Advisory Committee (LAC).