Our History

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Since 1984, LIIF has been at the forefront of the community development industry. Since that time, we have grown our programmatic and geographic reach and invested more than $2.5 billion in facilities and programs benefiting millions of people, while remaining deeply committed to increasing and preserving the supply of assets such as homes, schools and community facilities that strengthen and sustain communities.

Through this evolution, LIIF’s story has also come to reflect the growth and maturation of the $25 billion community development capital field. This industry demonstrates that connecting low income communities and people of color to capital markets is a sound investment. Every day, LIIF and its fellow community developers build better neighborhoods and support families across the U.S.

In 2020, LIIF refined its mission to focus on mobilizing capital to build communities of opportunity, equity and well-being by putting racial equity at the center of investments. Read more in the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan.

As part of this new strategic direction, LIIF and Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) entered into a joint venture with National Affordable Housing Trust (NAHT) in late 2020. We aligned this partnership around a shared commitment to housing equity, which encompasses building quality, safe affordable housing with an approach that centers resident voice and community choice to achieve our vision for more equitable, opportunity-rich communities. Learn more about this new venture.

LIIF’s history and evolution in the community development sector was recorded in our 25th anniversary publication, Bridges to Dreams.

Download Bridges to Dreams: The Story of the Low Income Investment Fund