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Chestnut Avenue Family Resource Center

The Chestnut Street Model Block Project is a collaboration between non-profit organizations dedicated to economic and social justice. The organizations involved include Consolidated Social Work, Inc., the Gray Panthers, Voices of the People, and GYRL.

Our mission in this collaborative project is to fight back against blight and deterioration in an area of Kansas City, Missouri abandoned and neglected by city, state, and national government. The 3800 block of Chestnut is typical of a blighted area with abandoned houses and vacant lots.

We are reclaiming the property through legal means and beginning to rehabilitate the block. The outcome of our efforts will display the potential for change in a neighborhood aptly described as a food desert without amenities for the people usually available in other parts of the city.

The Chestnut Street Model Block Project includes installation of community gardens, repair and rehabilitation of abandoned properties, and neighborhood cleanup.

Check out this news story about the project!

Year Established: 
Fall 2012
Organization Name: 
Consolidatesd Social Work Services Inc.
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Address of the Project: 
3811 Chestnut Ave
Kansas City, MO 64128
Lead Contact Person: 
Esther Holzendorf


Community Capital Fund Neighborhood Opportunity Grant