How We Work

How We Work

Living Cities leads by blending the collective financial resources of its members and by deploying their collective knowledge and experience. In addition to sharing their own wisdom, board members in 2006 established standing committees comprised of more than 80 of their most experienced senior staff and charged with setting, owning and adapting a shared programmatic and learning agenda. These committee members are responsible for ensuring that the organization’s aspirations are reflected in the investments we make through grants, loans and Program-Related Investments.

Living Cities is ultimately committed to disrupting obsolete systems that have long kept innovations benefiting low-income people on the periphery. We also believe it is important that we build an extended network of relationships or ‘ecosystem.’ We quickly respond to emerging opportunities, like the once-in-a-lifetime stimulus bill, and help lead through crises, like the foreclosure exigency. Finally, we measure what we learn and share our knowledge with policy makers, people in the field and other interested parties.

Our programmatic priorities focus simultaneously on people, place and opportunity. We want to assure that low-income people are prepared to enter jobs and achieve economic stability; that living environments enable low-income people to enter jobs and achieve economic stability; and that jobs and business opportunities exist to enable people to achieve economic stability.

We accomplish our goals through the simultaneous deployment of four strategies: Leadership and Influence; Research and Development; Local Integration; and Knowledge & Evaluation.