New City Beautiful Movement: Restoring KC’s Parks and Boulevards

President and CEO Dianne Cleaver discusses one of UNI’s biggest initiatives, the Vacant to Vibrant project. The initiative focuses on four action items: clearing tax sale titles, promoting affordable housing, hosting UNI partner meetings and maintaining urban farms.

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This Kansas City plan can fight racial inequity with practical, affordable housing

President and CEO Dianne Cleaver’s Op Ed featured in The Kansas City Star calls Kansas Citians to examine the hundreds of years of racial inequity in the area and shares how they can work to right the wrongs of systemic racism. UNI invites people to come together and make real, lasting change by improving lives and restoring hope for residents who deserve the same opportunities as their neighbors in Kansas City’s higher income ZIP codes.

Click on the above photo to read Dianne Cleaver’s Op Ed in The Kansas City Star



#WeSeeYouKSHB: Urban Neighborhood Initiative helps community through COVID-19 pandemic

As we adjust to the ever-changing nature given the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted our efforts as well. As reported on NBC Action News, prior to the pandemic, our tasks included general community clean ups, minor home repairs and connecting neighbors. Now, our efforts are focused on helping elderly and home-bound residents grocery shop, pick up prescriptions and whatever else we can do to help the most vulnerable stay safe at home.

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Kansas City Black Leaders Say COVID-19 Disparities Reflect Deep Inequities

The Coronavirus is infecting black people at disproportionately high rates. The stark contrasts in underlying chronic conditions and lack of health insurance compared to white Americans make getting COVID-19 even more deadly for the black community. KCUR interviewed UNI’s President & CEO Dianne Cleaver in this story about how the pandemic is magnifying existing inequalities and underlying problems that our community needs to address.

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

We’re grateful for H&R Block’s commitment to making our hometown better. The company recently announced plans to invest in programs nationwide that support neighborhood revitalization, starting with their investment in our Urban Neighborhood Initiative.

They are joining with us to improve social connections and make needed home repairs in our 10 Kansas City neighborhoods through their program called, “Make Every Block Better.” UNI received a multi-year grant from H&R Block to help fund and host community-building events that promote meaningful connections among residents. Additionally, the grant will fund home repairs throughout our 10-neighborhood area in the urban heart of the city.

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