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From the Executive Director

LISC Identifies Kansas City Momentum

To foster stronger coordination and more impactful leveraging of resources, LISC is very happy to now share our Momentum Map with the local community, to be used as a conversation starter and guide for forward progress.

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Financial Opportunity Centers Strengthen the Financial Outlook of Kansas City Families

“In 30 days they corrected problems that I’ve struggled for 3 years to solve. In a true group effort, they came together and helped me change the things in my life that I was unable to change on my own.” Brian is among the 300+ clients that have sought coaching from the Kansas City FOC Network, and has improved his financial outlook with gainful employment, health insurance and debt refinance.

Douglass-Sumner, a Ribbon Cutting and a Walk Down Memory Lane.

Brent Berry, a member of LISC’s Local Advisory Board, and Regional Diverse Segments Manager at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, grew up in Douglass-Sumner and provided the opening remarks at the ribbon cutting. He shares his memories of the neighborhood and his hopes for its continued improvement.

A CDFI’s Technical Contribution Can be as Valuable as its Financial

Financial gaps are a part of every single project that LISC involves itself. The gaps are created, in part, by unreliable demographic data which drives low rents and skews industry standard financial projections for grocery stores, multi-family projects and new residential units. The lack of urban core real estate comparables and the aftermath of the real estate bubble forces conservatism in the appraisal industry. All of these issues lead to the growing financial gap for developments in our focus areas.

Reducing Violent Crime on Prospect Avenue

The Kansas City No-Violence Alliance (NoVA) team was recently honored with an Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The Kansas City No-Violence Alliance (NoVA) team was recently honored with an Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

As Douglass-Sumner NeighborhoodsNOW Neighborhood Moves Forward, its Matriarch Stands Vigil

By any measure, Beatrice Lee is a pillar of the Douglass-Sumner neighborhood. She was born in the northeast Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood. Raised six children there. And when things started deteriorating — when the families started leaving and the drug dealers started lurking and the vacant homes grew more and more plentiful — she remained in the neighborhood, becoming a rare champion for the area and its long history.

From National LISC:From National LISC:

New national initiative will fuel arts and cultural investments in low-income communities

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has launched a national effort to drive millions of dollars into arts-related businesses and cultural activities that will help transform some of America’s most distressed neighborhoods into safe, vibrant places of economic opportunity. The Kresge Foundation is providing $3.5 million in seed funding for this new “creative placemaking” initiative, which will fund projects that range from live/work spaces for artists to arts and entertainment businesses in struggling commercial corridors.

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