Building Sustainable Communities

Virginia LISC’s quality of life improvement program, Building Sustainable Communities, was formed to help regional neighborhoods understand and embrace the principles of comprehensive community development. Through this process, we empower residents to create a quality of life plan for their neighborhood and implement that plan with the help of Virginia LISC and local community development corporations.

Virginia LISC has a vision to support healthy and sustainable neighborhood development with an approach that brings together strategies for both places and people in targeted Richmond and Petersburg neighborhoods. These neighborhoods include Greater Fulton and Church Hill in Richmond’s East End, Highland Park and down through Gilpin Court in Richmond’s Northside, Richmond’s Southside along Jefferson Davis Highway and Hull Street, and Petersburg.

Our five goals for Building Sustainable Communities define the larger vision of successful communities:

  1. Expand capital investment in housing and other real estate
  2. Build family income and wealth
  3. Stimulate local economic activity
  4. Improve residents’ access to quality education
  5. Develop healthy environments and lifestyles