• 36 Mixed-income housing, beginning with a 36-home town home development in the block east of Kansas City Neighborhood Academy (KCNA), is underway with land acquired and a developer engaged. In addition, our UNI convened a task force focused on housing policy that resulted in dozens of recommendations that have been incorporated into the city’s proposed housing plan.
  • 2016 First year of operation for the Kansas City Neighborhood Academy (KCNA) charter school, which opened in August and is modeled after Charles R. Drew charter school in Atlanta.
  • 10 Neighborhood associations and community-based groups that are partnering with us to achieve our collective mission of revitalizing a target area in Kansas City's urban core, with a focus on health and wellness initiatives, including biannual health fairs.

A Big Idea Takes Shape

The Urban Neighborhood Initiative (UNI) was founded in 2011, and represents one of the KCMO Chamber of Commerce’s “Big 5 Ideas.” UNI is a nonprofit organization established to partner with neighborhoods in their revitalization within a target area of Kansas City’s urban core. UNI is working with Purpose Built Communities, partners and the community to development of a revitalization plan for the Wendell Phillips Neighborhood.


UNI initiated three demonstration blocks, helping provide repairs to 16 homes in those blocks, and contribute to building a greater sense of community in the areas.