LISC’s Great Opportunities (GO) Neighborhoods program is a place-based approach that creates lasting neighborhood change. GO Neighborhoods forges resilient, inclusive communities – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. LISC concentrates its resources in partner communities and leverages investments for efficiency and impact. GO Neighborhoods promotes the concept of shared leadership to attract and grow a broad base of community leaders. Strong collaborations of residents, nonprofits, schools, businesses, public agencies, and other stakeholders focus on strengths and opportunities. Together they build coalitions, teams and networks that advance the vision of those who live and work there. LISC provides programmatic support to GO Neighborhoods by providing access to capital, equity, loans, grants, project implementation grants, technical assistance and consultants.
GO Neighborhoods is designed to help Neighborhoods improve their quality of life. The program supports neighborhood planning that builds local capacity for strong relationships, collaborative decision-making and action among community stakeholders to drive equitable change and investment into the neighborhood.
Some outcomes include: Quality of Life Agreements Neighborhood Plans that provide comprehensive visions focused on issues and chosen by community members and stakeholders, Capacity Building for Community Action, a supportive Convening Agency that acts as a coordinator for GO efforts and acts as fiscal agent, community advocacy and shared leadership.