KC group transforming blighted homes for veterans

Posted at 8:59 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 23:29:04-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — From beauty to blight, one Kansas City non-profit is working to rebuild urban areas in Kansas City while helping single parents and disabled veterans find housing. 

"You turn the worst house in the neighborhood and you fix it up and it what that does it start an organic growth," said Bill Kimble. 

Kimble is the executive director of Neighborhoods United, a local non-profit dedicated to revitalizing homes east of Paseo Boulevard. 

Their latest project involves fixing up three duplexes near 20th Street and Walrond Avenue for disabled veterans. 

 The duplexes will be stripped to the studs, with everything inside replaced. From a new roof to windows and flooring, the entire project is expected to take about two months to complete.  

"A lot of people when they think of the urban core, they think of crime, drugs and gangs. That's not true, there's a lot of good here but if you look for the bad, that's what you'll find. I look for the good," he said.