Our Mission

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 to build healthy neighborhoods that enable all children and families to thrive.

Our History

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) evolved as one of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s “Big 5” initiatives and from work of United Way of Greater Kansas City, becoming an independent 501c3 in 2012 and established as a Community Development Corporation (CDC) in 2016.  We were established to ensure that all families can live in an environment of over-all health and safety, where communities are strong, children learn and play, families live in quality housing, and parents work in stable jobs.



Community Reports & Map of UNI

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Dianne Cleaver

President and ceo

Christopher Mckinney

Community Impact Director

Shalaunda Holmes

Community Real Estate Director

christina guillen

administrative assistant