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Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance

3101 Broadway
Suite 101
Kansas City, MO 64111

Contact: Gloria M. Eurotas, Executive Director
Phone: 816-753-8600
Fax: 816-753-6397
URL: www.kcna.org
Email: guerotas@kcna.org
Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance

The Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance (KCNA) has spent more than 26 years building the capacity of Kansas City's neighborhoods, enabling them to become safe, strong, stable and attractive places where people are proud to live. Believing that strong communities and cities are built on strong neighborhoods, KCNA has provided leadership and homeownership training, developed affordable housing, supported comprehensive community development, and engaged neighborhood residents to make positive and lasting changes in their communities.

Program



Client Population

While KCNA serves the entire metropolitan Kansas City in Missouri and Kansas, it focuses on low-to-moderate income households in urban core areas. A low- to moderate-income neighborhood is defined as one where the median income does not exceed $54,700 per household of four persons. Approximately 35 percent of these households are Caucasian, 45 percent are African American, and the remainder are other racial minorities. Among KCNA's affordable rental and for-sale housing clients, 91 percent earn less than the City's median income and approximately 92 percent are black. An even broader clientele is served by KCNA's leadership and financial education programs.

Impact

During the past 26 years, KCNA has produced over 250 quality affordable housing units for working poor families and has dispersed over 1,100 Neighborhood Self-Help Fund grants to neighborhood organizations, creating $3.1 million of investment in improving neighborhoods. KCNA's HomeWorks® program has provided homeownership training to over 17,000 families with a 40 percent attainment rate. KCNA's targeted neighborhood revitalization work has produced numerous positive and comprehensive changes in targeted communities. Lastly, more than 2,600 neighborhood residents have received leadership training so they can take charge and make positive changes in their neighborhoods and community.

Story

Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance
In October 2004, KCNA broke ground on what would become a community resource center for the Vineyard community. In April 2006, KCNA was able to pass control of the completed resource center over to the Vineyard Neighborhood Association (VNA) leadership. With KCNA’s help, the VNA and Vineyard community have made excellent use out of their new facilities. There are health and wellness classes, along with a resident run food pantry, computer training sessions, and a space for community social functions. With much success already, the VNA Board expects the center to continue to grow as a hub for neighborhood activity. Full Story

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