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.
- KNCA sponsors several programs including:
- Targeted Neighborhood Revitalization - A major revitalizing force in reducing crime, refurbishing the housing stock, raising property values, and promoting resident engagement in Kansas City, Missouri.
- Financial Literacy - HomeWorks® is KCNA's homebuyer educational program that assists first time buyers navigate the entire home buying process. HomeWorks® professional staff host semi-monthly educational workshops and provide individual mortgage and credit consultations.
- Leadership Development KNCA offers several results-oriented leadership trainings for individuals as well as neighborhood associations. Leadership training is the bedrock of KCNA's service menu as it empowers and engages neighborhood residents and leaders.
- Affordable Housing - More than 250 affordable rental units have been produced across six different developments throughout Kansas City, Missouri's urban core. KCNA's affordable rental housing offers a quality alternative for low to moderate income families.
- Neighborhood Self Help Fund (NSHF) - A financial resource that builds strong neighborhoods by providing funding for small projects identified by Kansas City metropolitan grass roots neighborhood groups in low/moderate income areas. NSHF grants are leveraged many times over through resident volunteer hours and in-kind donations.
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.
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.
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