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A Pilot Program In Kansas City Can Help Low-Income Neighborhoods Thrive

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The non-profit Trust Neighborhoods is piloting this model in the Lykins neighborhood of downtown Kansas City.

Trust Neighborhoods has a blueprint for developing low-income communities minus gentrification and displacement.

The model aims to give low-income neighborhoods security in place, upward economic mobility, and staying power that can grow the neighborhood. Among the model's key features are promotion and maintenance by an existing neighborhood organization, stabilizing rent, and splitting equity returns between funders and the neighborhood.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Zach Wilson is the associate producer for KCUR's Up To Date.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.