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NCP Network

The NCP Network is LISC Chicago's flagship program, a partnership with 17 community-based "lead agencies" that coordinate the work of more than 70 partners across 28 community areas. The Network grew from the New Communities Program (NCP), a 10-year initiative (2003-2012) that was the nation's largest demonstration of comprehensive community development.

The MacArthur Foundation invested more than $50 million in the New Communities Program and continues to support related work in the NCP Network. LISC Chicago raised an additional $50 million from other sources to support NCP programming in education, technology, health, income and credit building, business, housing and safety. This work defined LISC Chicago and continues to guide its work and methods.

The NCP methodology, borrowed from a similar program operated in New York’s South Bronx in the 1990s, centers on the development of a Quality-of-Life Plan under the supervision of a local lead agency selected by LISC in each of the neighborhoods. Seed funding, technical assistance and other forms of support are then provided to the lead agency and partner organizations to execute the plan.

Ambitious by design, NCP supports a panorama of enterprises in the communities, including those related to housing, commercial and retail development, employment, health care, parks and recreation, child care, educational quality, the arts and community security.

A historic archive of the New Communities Program, maintained through 2013, is at

For more information, contact Keri Blackwell,, 312-422-9558.

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