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In 2014, Greater Kansas City LISC invested $5,780,085 in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS, including more than $1.7 million in grants and $4 million in loans to 23 local organizations. LISC leveraged community development investments 7:1, bringing $7 of national public and private resources to Kansas City for every local dollar raised.
After 34 years, LISC continues to be a beacon of hope for low-income communities across the country. As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and a trusted intermediary of corporate and philanthropic endeavors, we put big numbers on the board that transform lives, homes, businesses and streets. A total of $994 million was invested by LISC in 2014 to leverage over $3 billion in development. In Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas, your LISC team successfully deployed over $5.7 million, including more than $1.7 million in grants and $4 million in loans.
Greater Kansas City LISC is issuing a Request for Proposals for consultant services to assist in the implementation of the NeighborhoodsNOW Accelerated program. LISC is now poised to accelerate the NeighborhoodsNOW program, as part of our 2015-2017 Strategic Plan, by spearheading a two-pronged approach that will spur more development and improve the quality of life in our communities. With the support of our agency partners who participated in a series of focus groups and interviews throughout the year, LISC is now deploying a strategy that is 1) customized to each neighborhood, and 2) includes system wide solutions that can benefit broader areas and partnerships.
Sustainable communities, places that offer the positive environments needed to ensure that all residents have the opportunities and tools to be successful, begin with safe neighborhoods. That is why Greater Kansas City LISC is partnering with residents and community organizations to find new ways to tackle crime in Kansas City. In 2014 alone, LISC invested nearly $300,000 in programs that support health and safety in Kansas City neighborhoods.
In partnership with the Westside Housing Organization and Mattie Rhodes Center, Greater Kansas City LISC provided residents and businesses in Kansas City, Missouri’s Historic Northeast an opportunity to make their homes and businesses safer by funding a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) program in early 2015. CPTED secures structures through design upgrades such as installation of outdoor security lights, tree trimming, and replacement of unsecured exterior doors and windows.
With the assistance of LISC’s Community Safety Initiative, the KC Crime Commission, Prosecutor’s Office and UMKC secured a $1 million Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2014. The funding supports the expansion of NoVA to target the city’s most violent hot spots along Prospect Avenue. NoVA is an evidence-based approach that combines focused crime deterrence with supportive social services and community engagement to reduce crime in KCMO neighborhoods. This program has resulted in numerous high-profile sweeps by the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD), and has even been credited for the city’s lowest homicide rate since 1972 – with a 23 percent reduction in the murder rate from 2013 to 2014.
As part of the Greater Kansas City LISC team, the Senior Program Officer is responsible for contributing to accelerated redevelopment of targeted neighborhoods in the NeighborhoodsNOW program. The position reports directly to the Executive Director and will also assist in the development of new program initiatives, managing the LISC annual budget, and other responsibilities as assigned. This is an opportunity to take a broad leadership role in the community development sector.
LISC researchers recently analyzed outcomes from 40,000 people who visited Financial Opportunity Centers all across the country as a way to improve their economic circumstances. The data show that those who took advantage of bundled services that focused on employment, income supports and financial management skills made significant, lasting progress—with incomes expanding by an encouraging 76 percent. Many thanks to the JPMorgan Chase Foundation for supporting the preparation, publication, and dissemination of this report.
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