As property taxes rise, one neighborhood campaigns to ensure its elders can afford to stay

Over the last several years, Kansas City, Kansas has seen new life and revitalization come into its neighborhoods. But while these neighborhoods are cleaner, safer, and more beautiful, a new problem has moved in: rising property taxes. And these taxes are taking a toll on our most vulnerable community members, such as disabled and elderly residents.

KCK’s cold-weather shelter is ready for its second winter

Last year, as a snowstorm raged and as temperatures dropped below 20 degrees, Sean T. struggled to find a warm place to stay the night in Kansas City, Kansas. He was looking for the cold weather shelter at Bridge of Hope Community Church, but weariness overcame him. He sat down to rest.
“The next thing I knew, I had passed out…

Healthy Campus project for downtown moves ahead

Wyandotte County’s Unified Board of Commissioners recently approved a resolution that brings the proposed downtown “Healthy Campus” closer to reality.
The measure, approved with a 9-1 vote during the Commission’s November 30 meeting, allows the Unified Government to use up to $2 million to buy land at 10th Street and Minnesota Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas.

$1.6 million KU grant will reduce violence and improve health in KCK

By Debra DeCoster   Gunshots sounded in Dola Gabriel’s Kansas City, Kansas, neighborhood at 3 a.m. on a Wednesday last year.  Upon hearing the rapid fire of bullets, Gabriel, senior research assistant for KU Center for Community Health and Development, rolled out of her bed and onto the floor, hoping that the bullets wouldn’t slam…