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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.
On June 18th, Greater Kansas City LISC’s Local Advisory joined LISC supporters and civic leaders for a NeighborhoodsNOW tour focused on areas of momentum in the Historic Northeast and along the Troost and Prospect Corridors of Kansas City, Missouri. Tour guests heard from neighborhood leaders at the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council, Mary L. Kelly Center, Blue Hills Community Services, the Northeast Chamber of Commerce and many other organizations working to make positive, lasting change in Kansas City. The event ended with a brief reception at the historic Kansas City Museum.
Greater Kansas City LISC is pleased to announce that Steve Weatherford has joined the local team as Senior Program Officer for Community Development and Lending. Steve shares, “I am thrilled to be returning to my Kansas City roots and applying my experience where it can matter most. Nothing gave me more satisfaction throughout my career than providing an affordable, quality home to a family, or cutting the ribbon with new business owners in a formerly distressed commercial area. LISC is an obvious fit for me and I am looking forward to new relationships and opportunities for collaborative investments.”
Community driven initiatives in neighborhoods from Town Fork Creek, Missouri to Argentine, Kansas recently received a financial jumpstart from the Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF). A total of 31 local neighborhood associations and organizations in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas were awarded $76,655 in grants.
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.
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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