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With the support of the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, LISC was able to influence a shift in policy creating the Kansas City Land Bank. Watch how this collaboration "makes sense for cities" by helping neighborhoods become a healthier, safer place for families to live.
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.
In early 2014, Greater Kansas City LISC launched the Urban Developers Exchange (UDX), a quarterly forum to help support and catalyze development in the urban core.
LISC has a new lending product to help boost commercial activity and create jobs in distressed areas.
The U.S. Treasury Department announced a $60 million allocation of New Markets Tax Credits to LISC in early June to drive economic development in some of the nation’s most distressed communities, including Kansas City.
A vacant school in the Squier Park Historic District is being redeveloped into 42 affordable senior housing units thanks to a LISC loan.
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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