300 REALTORS® Revitalize Urban Kansas City Neighborhood

“We hope the effects of this day can continue to spread to surrounding neighborhoods to revitalize the area and ultimately, improve quality of life and home values for those living in this community,” said KCRAR President Jeff Hill.

It was a sea of blue shirts when REALTORS® from across Kansas City joined together on Wednesday, September 20 to participate in REALTORS® Rock the Block, a day-long project that will help revitalize a Kansas City neighborhood. The Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City to sponsor their Rock the Block program with more than 300 REALTORS® and 30 local companies coming on board to make the event a success.

“Through the REALTORS® Rock the Block event we strive for a substantial community impact, one neighborhood at a time. Last year we provided revitalization for 11 homes and this year our outreach grew to include 20 individual homes. We feel so fortunate to see our vision growing,” said Jeff Hill, president of the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS®.

In total, the 2017 REALTORS® Rock the Block event focused on the revitalization of 20 homes on the 4800 block of Bellefontaine Avenue in Kansas City, Mo. Volunteers helped with repairs to windows, doors, porches, railings and stairs; as well as complete yard work, painting, lot clean up, and tree trimming projects. Additionally, the participants received new energy efficient light bulbs, dead bolt locks and carbon monoxide detectors.

By partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City REALTORS® hope to create positive long-term change for this community, including higher property values, decreased crime and a general feeling of well-being and pride for current and potential homeowners.

“Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City continues to leverage these great partnerships to make a bigger impact in addressing the growing housing needs in our community. Together we will build vibrant communities like this one in the Oak Park neighborhood,” said Pat Turner, President/CEO Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City.

The event kicked off with a visit from Kansas City’s Mayor Sly James, followed by a performance of the National Anthem by Matt Snook, a local singer and contestant…

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