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.


Oramenta Newsome’s legacy of paving many paths of opportunity for Washington residents will continue to motivate and inspire us as we carry on her work. This spring we will gather here in Washington, DC to share tributes and recollections and announce a memorial initiative that will be created in Oramenta’s honor. Check back here for updates.


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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).

2018 Highlights

In 2018, LISC DC invested nearly $30 million in neighborhoods and nonprofits in DC, ensuring that Washington’s residents have access to affordable housing, healthcare services, and more. This year’s roundup is in honor of Oramenta Newsome and her legacy. Read the full year-in-review here.

Donate to LISC

LISC DC relies on the generous support of individuals and institutions to assist our efforts to transform distressed communities into healthy and sustainable places to live, work, and raise families.

Your tax-deductible donation to LISC DC enables us to continue to help residents like 90 year-old Mrs. Wilson, a resident of Pleasant Park for 50 years, remain in her home; supports the elimination of ‘food deserts’ in Woodridge; and provides after-school program for 90 students in Brookland. Your contribution to LISC DC will go far in helping us achieve our mission. Thanks for your support!