How collaboration among Legal Aid of Western Missouri, The City of Kansas City, neighborhood organizations and others is making Kansas City a better place to live.

For nearly thirty years Legal Aid of Western Missouri has represented Kansas City, Missouri neighborhood organizations to acquire vacant, abandoned, and blighted properties for redevelopment as safe and affordable housing.

Legal Aid works in close collaboration with various Kansas City, Missouri municipal departments, volunteer attorneys, and nonprofit community organizations to propel community-driven redevelopment throughout the inner-city. This collaboration results in the reduction of blight and crime, increases tax revenues, and stimulates additional investment. Most importantly, it greatly improves the quality of life for Kansas Citians living in the urban core.

This book shows some of the success stories that the collaboration between the City, Legal Aid, neighborhood associations, private developers and other community partners has achieved over the past two years.


Financial support for Legal Aid’s Economic Development Unit comes primarily from the City of Kansas City. Funding for the Adopt-a-Neighborhood Project comes from the Legal Services Corporation and The Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City.



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