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When I reflect on LISC’s three geographic focus areas in Kansas City, I see tremendous strength in the individuals and organizations making the personal and professional investments to make their neighborhoods better places to live, work, and play. LISC is privileged to support these activities through its comprehensive financial assistance and thought-leadership, including our partnerships with nearly a dozen neighborhoods that comprise the Troost and Prospect corridors, more recently referred to as the Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI).
Funding from Greater Kansas City LISC is helping to support an innovative new project in Ivanhoe that is transforming vacant lots into clean, safe recreation spaces for the community.
Kansas City’s growing network of Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) took another step forward in October, when Greater Kansas City LISC and United Way of Greater Kansas City announced the opening of a new FOC site at the Community Services League in Independence, Missouri.
Grant-making is an important component of Greater Kansas City LISC’s strategy for building the capacity of local community organizations. LISC was pleased to provide 28 year-end grants to support Kansas City-area nonprofits that are dedicated to improving their communities.
The Annual Community Development Workshop is always a great opportunity to gain new insights and to make new connections, but this year’s event, co-sponsored by Greater Kansas City LISC and Community Capital Fund, will offer something special: a separate, half-day urban real estate development training track.
In August 2015, LISC and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, agreed to commit 300,000 over the next three years to help build the capacity of the Northeast Alliance Together (NEAT), a grassroots coalition dedicated to making Kansas City’s Historic Northeast a safer, healthier, and more economically sustainable community.
The fourth annual Community Development Workshop will be held on Saturday, February 6 from 8:30am-3:30pm at the Ewing M. Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. Real Estate Development Track (New This Year!), Friday, February 5, 8:30am-Noon
Thanks to a partnership involving the Housing Authority of Kansas City, the City of Kansas City, Brinshore Development, and Greater Kansas City LISC, Kansas City is the recipient of a major grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
LISC has never, in 35 years of work, invested more in the future of low-income communities than it did in 2015. President & CEO Michael Rubinger begins his last year at LISC’s helm with a look at the organization's historic $1.3 billion in support for efforts that help Americans prosper.
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