UNI Expands Service Area Borders

The UNI has expanded its service area and now covers from 18th to 52nd Streets and Troost east to Prospect Ave. UNI’s previous boundaries were 22nd Street to 52nd Street and Troost to 71 Highway. The board voted to make this change based on the fact that Prospect is a major corridor in the urban community and a more natural boundary for UNI efforts. In addition, the expansion allows UNI to include all of the Wendell Phillips and Ivanhoe Neighborhoods that were previously only partially included.

UNI Sponsors Vacant Housing Conference

On Friday March 27, 2015, the Urban Neighborhood Initiative sponsored Vision 2020: Transforming Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places at the KCP&L Energy Center in downtown Kansas City.

Participants came from a range of organizations including but not limited to neighborhood organizations, the City of Kansas City including the Land Bank, the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, nonprofit and for profit financial institutions, community development organizations, developers, and faculty from the University of Kansas City.

KC Star: Sleek modern designs will guide new Manheim Park neighborhood housing


In 2013, Kansas City set out to transform the abandoned and decrepit Bancroft Elementary School into beautiful apartments, complemented by ultramodern apartment buildings next door.

Now, the neighborhood is headed to the next level.

Six local architecture firms are teaming up to bring the same revival to a model block in the Historic Manheim Park neighborhood, mixing sleek contemporary new houses with the century-old existing homes across from Bancroft in the 4300 block of Tracy Avenue.

FOX 4: Success By Six hopes to give kids boost beginning at young age

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new resource center for children hopes to give kids a boost right at the beginning of their careers as students.

The program is called Success by Six and it’s located inside Faxon Elementary School.

The center is filled with educational toys, books and games appropriate for children from birth to eight.

Parents or caretakers can check out the items free of charge.

A parent educator will staff the center to help with selections.

UNI Celebrates Grand Opening of Success By 6 Resource Center

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The first Success By 6 Resource Center in the Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) service area will open to families at Faxon Elementary on Wednesday, February 11. The Urban Neighborhood Initiative secured funding to initiate this United Way of Greater Kansas City and Kansas City Public Schools’ Parents as Teachers program in its target area. The center aims to ensure every young child in the community is healthy, safe, nurtured, and enters school ready to succeed.

UNI Hiring Fair Connects Job Seekers with Companies That are Hiring

More than 500 job seekers attended the Urban Neighborhood Initiative’s 2014 Hiring Fair at St. James United Methodist Church. The annual event connects companies in the Kansas City area with interested candidates. The UNI Hiring Fair is unique among similar opportunities because only companies with current vacancies participate in the fair, giving candidates better prospects for securing a position. One interested candidate noted the importance of the UNI fair in her job search. “It’s nice to get a little more information and to meet people face to face,” said Jowana.

Ivanhoe's 'Lots of Love' Program Receives Recognition

The Ivanhoe neighborhood's Lots of Love program has been recognized as the "Best Community Take-Back Project" by the Pitch community newspaper. Ivanhoe has more than 500 overgrown and abandoned lots and the community took the initiative to reclaim and repurpose some of them. One, at 3700 Woodland, has been reimagined as a "meet and greet" location, featuring a fire pit, picnic tables and an orchard. Another, a block over, has been designated as the "let's play" lot, with brand-new equipment for both kids and adults to enjoy.

Urban Neighborhood Initiative takes two big steps in education

Children, parents, and educators at Faxon Elementary School in Kansas City, Missouri were delighted to learn that a new grant will provide free books to young learners in the community.

FOX 4: Inner city kids to receive one free book a month

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Children under the age of five in nine urban core neighborhoods soon will be able to get one new book a month to call their own. It’s one of the chamber of commerce’s “Big Five” goals, part of the Urban Neighborhood Initiative.

Interviews Take Place on the Spot at the UNI Hiring Fair

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative, along with the Urban League of Greater Kansas City and The Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri, will host a Hiring Fair on October 7, 2014 at St. James United Methodist Church, 5540 Wayne, Kansas City, Missouri. The unique aspect of this event is that the participating companies have current job openings and will be conducting on-site job interviews with the goal of hiring qualified candidates.


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