Partners Growing

Kansas City’s Core

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative 
is dedicated to breaking the    intergenerational cycle of poverty by helping to build healthy neighborhoods that enable all  children and families to succeed and thrive.



Our Major Work Areas

Most of UNI’s time and energy is committed to four initiatives that together address our priority areas of prosperity, safety, health, and education:
  • Vacant to Vibrant – Transforming Vacant Spaces to Vibrant Places
  • The Phillips Collective – A Purpose Built Community
  • Kansas City Catalytic Urban Redevelopment (KCCUR)

Our Neighborhoods

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.