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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.
Stephen Samuels leads the University Academy fight song as hundreds of students, staff and supporters gather to cut the ribbon on the Gryphon Athletic Complex. We are thrilled to have partnered with The Kansas City Chiefs and the NFL Foundation in providing a $250,000.00 grant to assist with the construction of a new athletic field. We are really proud of these kids, on and off the field - Go Gryphons!
The Paseo Gateway CHOICE Neighborhood initiative is seeking a community coordinator to engage the community in efforts to steward the community’s comprehensive quality of life plan and to align projects with the Paseo Gateway Transformation Plan.
LISC and United Way of Greater Kansas City have released a Request for Proposals for the Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) Network. Proposals are due by Close of Business 5/5/2017.
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.
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 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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