How We Work

Leadership & Influence

Living Cities accomplishes its mission by demonstrating leadership and exerting influence that leads the philanthropic, governmental and private sectors to invest more strategically in low-income people and the communities in which they live.

Living Cities and its members have historically been a major source of funding for affordable housing and community facilities. Today, work with all levels of government to provide new approaches to programmatic issues. Through efforts such as the Project on Municipal Innovation, we bring together public sector leaders to learn about and act on integrative and transformative policy ideas. Our signature boot camps bring all the major stakeholders from a given area together to address a critical issue facing their community and to make wise use of new funding opportunities. Through our capital investments, we support the adoption of practices that work and drive other investments to traditionally underserved communities. And the Admiral Center, which harnesses the power of celebrity to create social change.