At the beginning of his tenure with LISC, the organization participated in extensive community development efforts in the Miami neighborhood of Overtown. The LISC model connects community organizations and leaders to direct private and public resources to various “locally defined priorities.”
In 2005, South Florida LISC acquired a three-year $2,023,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. With the benefit of these funds, LISC established a Housing Equity Partnership that worked to make home ownership more affordable for a wide range of Overtown residents. As part of its revitalization efforts throughout the greater Overtown area, South Florida LISC also created design proposals for an Overtown public park and an adjacent housing development.