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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.
2015 was another exciting year for LISC in Kansas City. With the introduction of our 2015-2017 Strategic Plan, we launched several key initiatives to “equip struggling communities with the capital, strategy and know-how to become places where people thrive.” We could not be more proud of the relationships that have been strengthened and the bridges forged between sectors, neighborhoods, and cultures.
Greater Kansas City LISC equips struggling communities with the capital, strategy and know-how to become places where people thrive. We are looking for committed and driven individuals to join our local team. If you are interested in for a rewarding career in community development, LISC may be right for you.
Have a great project to share? Tips, tricks or lessons learned that can help others achieve success with their local initiatives? We want to hear from you. In recognition of Year 5 of the Community Development Workshop, we are inviting community members to submit session proposals that highlight and celebrate successful endeavors to transform communities.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) toured the Children’s Campus of Kansas City — where nonprofits offer an integrated set of health and education programs all focused on families and children from birth to age five. LISC helped finance CCKC through loans and the New Markets Tax Credit program, recognizing that quality facilities focused on early learners are one key to helping at-risk kids succeed.
Getting access to capital is essential for a real estate project. We understand how tough it can be to find someone who says "yes" to a visionary project in an under-served area. LISC's loan products are designed to meet your development's distinct needs at all stages, including acquisition, predevelopment, and construction. We also offer mini-permanent loans and bridge financing.
“The Ivanhoe Gateway at 39th Street not only stabilizes a key intersection in Ivanhoe, but also helps to meet the growing demand for affordable senior housing,” says Ina Anderson, Senior Program Officer at LISC. “This project is very important to the neighborhood and symbolizes the renaissance that is underway there.”
It takes more than good intentions to launch real estate projects in low-income neighborhoods—it also takes capital. But financing for the early stages of projects in these neighborhoods is rarely available, and, as a result, many worthwhile developments never get off the ground.
The Tamale Kitchen, Gripp says, is about more than selling tamales and creating jobs for the women. “My hope is that this is a pathway to self-sufficiency that helps these women develop confidence in their skills and exposes them to new communities of people as it provides them with a living wage.”
We are pleased to announce that the LISC board of directors unanimously voted to select Maurice Jones as the new president and CEO of LISC. On September 6, he will replace Michael Rubinger, who is stepping down after 17 years.
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