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


Vacant to Vibrant: Regional Vacant Lot Summit!

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative Green Spaces and Urban Farms Action Group invites you to the Vacant to Vibrant Regional Vacant Lot Summit!

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Voices from the UNI


There is no person better to share how special the urban core is than one of its’ residents. In the urban core, every resident has a unique story and perspective to share. UNI is proud to be able to provide a platform for some of those stories to be told. We invite you to read about the different experiences and histories of UNI residents.

This month, our spotlight is on UNI’s own Shalaunda Holmes! 

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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.