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Greater Kansas City LISC supports redevelopment in more than 100 square miles of metro area neighborhoods, with a special emphasis on urban-core projects.
Our extensive experience with redevelopment locally and nationally, has shown that a geographically targeted approach is the most efficient and effective use of time and limited resources. Therefore, the majority of our investments are concentrated in NeighborhoodsNOW communities - promising neighborhoods where comprehensive, sustainable revitalization can be achieved in quantifiable and tangible ways. In these tatget neighborhoods we concentrate our full array of programs and grants, loans and equity investments in order to produce comprehensive results.
Beyond this focused effort, Greater Kansas City LISC responds to opportunities in the marketplace throughour Greater KC Support Program which provides service to areas of the citites and to community groups as requested, as long as certain criteria are met. Typically, in these non-NeighborhoodsNOW urban communities and in near-suburban areas, LISC fosters community-based development efforts through civic engagement, provision of technical assistance, and investment of loans and equity to support affordable housing and economic development.
Request for LISC services in areas of the cities which are targeted due to specific community development projects, civic priorities, or where a strong nonprofit group is producing outcomes, will be pursued based on the strength of the opportunity. Contact Julie Porter more information.
Dingy, blank walls along Independence Avenue have been transformed into works of art with the help of a $10,000 grant from Greater Kansas City LISC. The new mural serves to deter graffiti while giving youths in the area a creative outlet and a chance to hone their artistic skills
Blue Hills Community Services is hosting an informational called Mental Helath First Aid - a groundbreaking public educational program that helps individuals understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse.
Downtown Shareholders, in partnership with KC Blues Society and Friends of Kaw Point Park, are hosting the second annual Blues Festival on August 31st!
St. Peter/Waterway is recognized as a Sustainable Community at our 2013 Annual Meeting.
LISC joined city leaders yesterday at a major press event to discuss the latest crime-fighting efforts of the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA). As the lead funder, LISC has invested $160,000 to fast-track the launch of KC NoVA.
Funding enables 15 organizations to continue holistic redevelopment to improve the quality of life in urban neighborhoods on both sides of the state line.
Ashley Jones-Wisner, our Program Officer and Director of State Policy, composed a blog entry for the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City about the grant we received from the foundation and its impact in Kansas City, Kansas. Here's an excerpt:
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