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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.
“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.”
There are different levels of green construction, just as there are different shades of the color green, and the new Second and Delaware residential development that is coming to downtown Kansas City’s River Market area—with financial support from Greater Kansas City LISC—boasts construction features of a shade that could be called “green as it gets.”
LISC has partnered with Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas since 2006 to support revitalization efforts in Downton KCK. We asked Executive Director Chuck Schlittler to share a bit with us about their partnership with LISC to revitalize Downtown KCK.
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.
LISC is excited to announce the 2016 NFL Foundation Grassroots Community Football Field Program Request for Proposals. Proposals are due August 15, 2016. An informational webinar for applicants will be held on Tuesday, May 24th at 2:30 EST.
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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