Local law firms and Legal Aid team up to serve KC urban neighborhoods

Adopt-a-Neighborhood is a collaborative project between Legal Aid of Western Missouri, private law firms and east side neighborhoods in Kansas City.
News Story (Missouri)

Lily O’Neill
Kansas City Star
July 8, 2017

Tags: Housing: Affordability, Housing: Foreclosure

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of Western Missouri


Kutak Rock is one of six law firms paired up with neighborhoods in the east side area to aid residents with pro bono legal services. Their focus for Neighbors United for Action is revitalizing abandoned homes to encourage economic development.

For a small neighborhood, these vacant homes are a big problem. Kutak Rock and Legal Aid are using Missouri’s Abandoned Housing Act to take properties from absentee owners. The property must be vacant for six months, delinquent on taxes or a nuisance to the community before the firm can file a lawsuit to eventually claim ownership for the neighborhood.