300 REALTORS® Revitalize Urban Kansas City Neighborhood

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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., bringing together more than 300 REALTORS and 30 real estate companies working toward the common goal of community impact.

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"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 from Season 8 of The Voice. In addition to working on homes, teams of REALTORS® also competed in games and challenges throughout the day to win additional prizes for the owners of the homes being worked on that day.

“REALTORS® understand the importance of community and the potential of this particular neighborhood is undeniable. We look forward to helping to bring about positive change on behalf of the homeowners on this block and beyond. 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,” Hill shared.

Information about donating to the event can be found at http://www.KCRAR.com/RocktheBlock.

About Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS®

The Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate in the Kansas City Region”, is the largest professional business association in Kansas City. KCRAR serves more than 9,000 REALTOR® members across Kansas and Missouri. Additional information can be found at http://www.KCRAR.com and http://www.WhichRole.com.

About Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City

Habitat for Humanity was born from a dream of Millard and Linda Fuller to create affordable housing programs nationally and internationally. Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City is one of 1,500 affiliates nationwide, serving six counties in the Kansas City region including: Clay, Jackson and Platte in Missouri, and Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte in Kansas. July 1, 2016 marked the celebration of bringing two greater Kansas City Habitat for Humanity legacy organizations together. This newly combined organization is comprised of Habitat for Humanity Kansas City, incorporated in 1979 as the seventh oldest affiliate worldwide, and Heartland Habitat for Humanity, formed in 2006 by the merger of Kaw Valley Habitat for Humanity and Northland Habitat for Humanity, that had begun their journey in 1987. Collectively, these organizations have had a direct impact on the housing community over the past 37 years; more than 315 homes have been built or rehabbed in the Kansas City, Missouri urban core, and over 250 homes in Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Johnson counties in Kansas and Clay and Platte counties in Missouri. For additional information about Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City, visit habitatkc.org.

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