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Coming Soon, UNI Guide to Working with Vacant Lots Mini-Grant Winners Will be Announced

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative 2017 Mini-Grant application period was closed Friday, November 3rd, and the applications are being reviewed. Recipients will be notified directly by email or phone Wednesday, November 22nd. And then we will share the winners on our website next week.

UNI Seeks Mini-Grant Applications for Work with Vacant Lots

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative is now seeking applicants for a 2017 Mini-Grant for prospective property owners who are looking to redevelop vacant lots within UNI neighborhoods.

2017 Health and Wellness Resource Fair Set for Nov. 4

UNI is proud to be partnering again with the Junior League of Kansas City to host their annual Health and Wellness Resource Fair for 2017. This year’s fair will take place Saturday, Nov. 4, at DeLaSalle Education Center and lasts from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Health and Wellness Resource Fair is notably offering flu shots free of charge for the first 70 participants. In order to receive a flu shot, attendees are required to bring their Medicare or Medicaid card (if applicable), as well as a photo I.D.

UNI, Heartland Conservation Alliance Recap Oct. 21 Vacant Lots Workshop

On the morning of Saturday, Oct. 21, UNI partnered with the Heartland Conservation Alliance to host a workshop called The Vacant to Vibrant Guide to Working with Vacant Lots at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center near 47th & Troost.

Several neighborhood leaders and residents were present for an interactive learning session and discussion. Attendees enjoyed a light breakfast and were offered “mini grant” opportunities for projects focused on transforming a vacant lot within the UNI boundaries.

UNI Invites Community to Attend Open Houses of Rehabbed Homes

On Saturday, Oct. 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) is hosting an open house event for three newly rehabbed homes within the Ivanhoe Neighborhood. The open house event will start at 3416 Park Avenue.

The houses in this historic neighborhood are often less expensive than what families can typically expect to pay for rent. Potential home-owners just need to have a stable, full-time job.

UNI Seeks Request for Qualifications for Development of Residential Neighborhood

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) is an independent 501.c.3 dedicated to revitalizing neighborhoods in the urban core of the Kansas City, Missouri community.

 One of UNI’s major initiatives is the establishment of a “Purpose Built Community” in the Wendell Phillips Neighborhood in collaboration with that Neighborhood Association.  This model calls for neighborhood revitalization and breaking the cycle of poverty through quality education, mixed income housing and other neighborhood services and resources. 

More than 1,300 Attend UNI Fun & Fitness Fair

On Saturday, May 13, the Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) partnered with the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center and several other community organizations to host the second-annual outdoor Fun & Fitness Fair. The fair, which attracted more than 1,300 people from the community, was held on the campus of the Kansas City Police East Patrol Division Station.

160 Attend First-Ever Explore. Experience East of Troost Tour

On Saturday, April 22, the Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) partnered with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) and 10 neighborhood organizations within the UNI geographic footprint to host the first-ever Explore. Experience East of Troost neighborhood tour. Five buses and more than 160 potential investors and community members took part in the tour, which provided an excellent first-hand look at what the UNI communities have to offer.

Below are some of the landmark highlights covered in the tour (listed by neighborhood).

UNI Announces 2017 Neighborhood Tour

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative is pleased to announce the first-ever 2017 UNI Neighborhood Tour on April 22, 2017, which will provide an opportunity for groups to visit neighborhoods east of Troost Ave. and gain a better perspective on Kansas City’s urban core.

Approximately 200 people are expected to attend, including bankers, real estate agents, small developers, entrepreneurs, church members, artists and other Gen X-age young professionals. One of the main goals of the tour is to showcase opportunities for investment within UNI neighborhoods.

UNI, partners release KC-CUR Implementation Strategy to increase real estate investment in urban core

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) and its civic partners have announced the release of the Kansas City Catalytic Urban Redevelopment (KC-CUR) Initiative’s KC-CUR Implementation Strategy, a report which is meant to help determine what investments could be made to improve the quality of life within the UNI and spur new real estate activity.

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