The Urban Neighborhood Initiative is dedicated to breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty by helping to build healthy neighborhoods that enable all children and families to succeed and thrive.
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. 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.
Our Priorities as Defined by Our Neighborhood Partners
Create more jobs for residents, opportunities for employment at livable wages in the area, and thriving businesses
Identify education and training opportunities for adults and career development and/or job opportunities for young adults
Create an access point for a comprehensive approach to asset-building supports and services
Attract mixed income housing and mixed use development to the area
Strengthen neighborhood restoration and redevelopment of housing and grounds (steps and sidewalks, for example) and infrastructure (such as curbing and street lighting)
Safety and Health
Strengthen neighborhood engagement in fighting crime
Identify and/or create more safe places for recreation and exercise
Develop more healthy food options
Provide greater access to technology
Support the development of community gathering places
Strengthen the efforts and capacity of parents, community organizations and schools to support school readiness and early learning
Promote positive child and youth development opportunities for school age children and youth