In compliance with Kansas City Mayor Quenton Lucas’ “Stay at Home” mandate, and to protect our employees’ health, our office is closed. We continue to work remotely, and are available by phone or email.

Since things continue to evolve, we will be adding updates to our website as they develop,  resources for our community, and highlights of the way people are supporting each other in this very different world.

Urban Neighborhood Initiative


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

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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.

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Our Initiatives


Most of UNI’s time and energy is committed to three initiatives that together address out 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)

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Our News


UNI Receives Grant From H&R Block to “Make Every Block Better”

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative is proud to receive a multi-year grant from H&R Block to help fund housing repairs in the urban heart of the city. 

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COVID-19 Resources

Although our offices are closed, we are still available by email, or you can leave a message on our phone. We check messages twice a day. Our email is information@uni-kc.org, and our office phone is (816) 231-0822.  We would love to hear from you.

Additionally, we are working to create a resource page for you about COVID-19 and how our community is responding to it.

 

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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.