Welcome to Our Community!
12 Blocks West is a shared community effort involving our local school district, faith-based and civic organizations, business and community leaders, the cities of Independence, Sugar Creek and Blue Summit, Missouri, and most importantly neighbors. Our charge is to build upon existing strengths in area neighborhoods to promote safe, stable, multi-income neighborhoods where families, schools and businesses thrive.
Our momentum is strong and progress is real. We believe through common goals, open and structured communication, good education, and a belief in a better tomorrow that we can greatly affect the lives of thousands of individuals today and for years to come.
We hope you take the time to learn more about the 12 Blocks West initiatives. We invite you to join us as a neighbor, a partner or supporter.
What We Do
One of the most significant financial decisions in anyone’s life is buying a home. Our Homebuyer Education class will teach individuals how to navigate through the often difficult process of buying a home.
Participants will learn to look for a home suitable to their needs, gain knowledge on financial options, be given resources on protecting their investment, and understand ways to engage in their new neighborhood. We have classes forming now.
Neighborhood Networks are groups of 25-50 families working together to maintain stability, provide mutual support, share opportunities, and build community that strengthens the fabric of the larger neighborhood.
Families meet twice per month to unload, organize, and prepare food boxes that are appropriated based on family size. Following the food organization families meet to hear announcements, discuss Neighborhood Network opportunities and challenges, and hear presentations on a variety of educational topics.
The first 12 Blocks West block revitalization began in November of 2010 with the demolition of an abandoned building. Two new single-family homes will be built in the abandoned buildings place.
The revitalization of Overton Street is funded in large by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with some funding coming from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).
We are currently researching and determining our next revitalization neighborhood site.
Where is 12 Blocks West?
12 Blocks West is in Independence, Missouri and provides services from Kentucky Rd. on the North, to Chrysler on the East, down to 23rd on the South, and finally I-435 on the West.