Starting with a block of homes near 27th and Van Brunt, non-profit will renovate homes to save city thousands in demolition costs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A non-profit is working to transform blighted neighborhoods, one block at a time.

Tikkun-KC  will kickoff a new project at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday near 27th and Van Brunt where a block of houses is on the city's dangerous building list set.

The non-profit organization plans to renovate the homes one at a time. They say by renovating the homes instead of demolishing  them, it saves taxpayers $10,000 to $12,000 per house. It also gives low-income individuals the chance to become homeowners.

"We work with a number of agencies that are already catering to low-income families looking for housing and an opportunity to start over again," Larry Myer with Tikkun-KC said. "They're good people they just don't make a lot of money, and they don't qualify for a traditional mortgage."

The group has worked on renovating more than 1,500 homes and apartments in Kansas City's urban core for 32 years.

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