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NeighborhoodsNOW is LISC's approach to comprehensive neighborhood revitalization. In May of 2016, five of these neighborhoods shared their new 2016-2018 Quality of Life Plans in front of stakeholders from city governments, foundations, neighborhood groups and investors.
This month, our country boisterously demonstrated its deep division of culture, race and class. Hims and hers, haves and have-nots, us and them . . . no one is absolved. Everything we do at LISC is defined, in some way, by this dynamic. To work alongside our neighborhood residents and develop sustainable programs, one must confront the issue of divisiveness head on. I am humbled each day by the opportunity to learn just a little more about this chasm in our humanity, and the bridges that can be built to close it.
The Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF) is a funding collaborative administered by the Community Capital Fund and Greater Kansas City LISC to provide grants up to $3,000 for small but high-impact community projects in low- to moderate-income areas throughout Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas.
The Kansas City Star reported on one of the most unique projects developing in the Paseo Gateway, the Pendlenton ArtsBlock, a 38-unit building on Independence Avenue that will house artists and families, and have first-floor common spaces and retail to promote art. Greater Kansas City LISC was able to provide $1.5 million to help finance this concept as well as several other new housing projects in the Paseo Gateway leveraged with HUD’s Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant. We are extremely proud to partner with Brinshore, the Housing Authority of Kansas City, the City of KCMO, and many others to bring dynamic, affordable housing on-line in the Historic Northeast.
The Program Assistant will assist with LISC’s real estate lending and grant management activities. We are looking for a qualified candidate with at least a few years of professional, related experience who loves housing finance, grant management, community development and spreadsheets.
As part of the 5th Annual Community Development Workshop, LISC is hosting the Real Estate Development Workshop on Friday, February 10th. The Real Estate Development Track is an opportunity for community residents, public officials and other real estate professionals to get a better understanding of the real estate development process and the issues unique to urban development.
LISC has helped the Upper Room thrive for the eight year in a row with a bridge loan of approximately $2 million to help more than 2,600 students enhance their skills in English, Math and Fine Arts.
In just six months, more than $850,000 from the Fund is being invested to drive a potential development scenario of more than $40 million that includes mixed-income housing and critical social services. Non-profit and private developers are benefitting from a combination of these low interest loans and zero-interest project investments that can move concepts from the planning stages through to construction.
Kansas City’s east side has long had the energy for redevelopment, but in years past, it has lacked the involvement of a civic partnership to scale up the capacity and resources to implement transformative neighborhood revitalization within the area. All that is changing, as the Kansas City Catalytic Urban Redevelopment (KC-CUR) initiative gets set in Kansas City to overcome the entrenched barriers to creating healthy markets east of Troost Avenue.
In honor of Veterans Day, LISC shared the story of Gerald Hurt, a formerly homeless veteran who recently moved into a new supportive housing community in Danville, Illinois. Together with the National Equity Fund and Bring them HOMES, LISC is working to make sure every veteran has the home he or she needs.
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