UNI offices continue to be closed during this challenging time. We will respond to your phone messages and emails as quickly as we can.
Urban Neighborhood Initiative
The mission of the Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) is to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and historical racial inequities caused by decades of neglect and systemic racism by helping build healthy neighborhoods enabling all children and families to thrive.
Long before the Urban Neighborhood Initiative was even an idea, neighborhood organizations were already hard at work, intent on improving and revitalizing their communities. Our neighborhood partners have been and are essential to UNI’s success.
UNI is committed to our three main initiatives central to addressing our neighborhood-identified priority areas of Prosperity, Safety & Health, and Education:
- Vacant to Vibrant – Transforming Vacant Spaces to Vibrant Places
- Building Better Blocks (The Phillips Collective) – A Purpose Built Community
- Kansas City Catalytic Urban Redevelopment (KCCUR)
Help Us Find Our New Leader
As we prepare for our longtime President & CEO Dianne Cleaver’s retirement, we are seeking proposals from an Executive Search firm or Consultant to help identify UNI’s future leader.
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 email@example.com, and our office phone is (816) 231-0822. We would love to hear from you.
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Long before Urban Neighborhood Initiative was even an idea, neighborhood organizations were already hard at work, intent on improving and revitalizing the communities where 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.