Long before the Urban Neighborhood Initiative was even an idea, neighborhood organizations were already hard at work, intent on improving and revitalizing the communities in which they live. Our neighborhood partners have been and are essential to UNI’s success.

Our partners are building community gardens, orchards, and playgrounds, and working on streetscapes, new curbs, and sidewalks. They’re working to decrease crime and close drug houses. They’re developing block leader programs and hosting clean-up and dumpster days.

It’s an exciting time to live in Kansas City, and great things are happening in the 10 neighborhoods we serve: the new Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy at Parade Park; new incentives for redevelopment like Mayor Sly James Shared Success Fund and LISC’s $4 million predevelopment loan fund; UNI’s new Kansas City Neighborhood Academy; and the ongoing work of neighborhood associations, nonprofits, and foundations.

It is a privilege to work with them.  Please read on to see who they are.