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Bridging Capital and Capacity

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.

LISC Continues to Help Educational Outcomes

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.

Catalytic Urban Predevelopment Fund Helps Move Five Projects Forward

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.

Scaling Up Investment on the East Side

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.

Amanda Wilson Excited to Join LISC

We are excited to introduce LISC’s newest Program Officer, Amanda Wilson. Amanda has already proven herself in the community as a tireless community development leader. She is also a new resident in the Historic Northeast, one of LISC’s focus areas for neighborhood revitalization and economic development.

Register Today! Investment Strategies for Building Neighborhoods of Choice and Opportunity

On December 1st join us for a provocative dialogue on how we can collaborate and invest in a strong and equitable Kansas City. In tandem with LISC President & CEO, Maurice Jones’ first visit to Kansas City, this UDX event will feature Maurice as keynote speaker to discuss his perspectives on economic development across the country, and the anti-poverty efforts that must tackle multiple fronts, all at once, to truly strengthen neighborhoods for low-income Americans. Following his presentation, David Warm, Mayor Holland and Alissia Canady will join Maurice for a moderated conversation about Kansas City’s own pursuit to reduce poverty, create jobs, and improve communities across the region.

Northwest Missouri Policy Network | Register Today!

Join us for a meeting that will spur new knowledge and partners for your winter endeavors. Quinton Lucas, 3rd District Councilman and Chairman of the Housing Committee, offers an update on current City neighborhood initiatives followed by Lindsey Baker, Missouri Budget Project, who will report on anticipated local and state impact of the 2016 election year. MARC discusses the recently-released Affirmative Fair Housing Plan that will guide regional initiatives and also inform the City's forthcoming Consolidated Plan.

Kansas Policy Network | Register Today!

The Kansas Policy Network will spur new knowledge and partners for your winter endeavors. After a very busy election year, Troy Findley, former Lt. Governor and Principal at the Summit Strategies Group begins our meeting with remarks about the impact of 2016 local, state and federal elections on the revitalization of KCK. Given feedback from September participants, Dennis “Tib” Laughlin, UG Stimulus Implementation Director, will continue our blight focus with updates on What Works Cities, the Blight Index and using GIS capabilities to assist blight reduction and community engagement.

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Our Veterans Deserve a Place to Call Home

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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