MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (December 21, 2020) — NorthMarq’s Kansas City office selected reStart, Inc., which empowers individuals and families in Kansas City to prevent, navigate or end homelessness, as its recipient of a 2020 Community Involvement Grant.
John Duvall and Kyle Tucker, both vice presidents – debt & equity in the Kansas City office, recommended the non-profit based upon the impact reStart is having in its efforts end to homelessness. As of January 2019, Missouri and Kansas have 8,560 homeless individuals and families. COVID-19 has increased this number drastically in 2020.
“For the last 30 years, reStart has been on the front lines in Kansas City helping fight the pervasive homelessness problem in our community. But especially throughout COVID, they have worked exceptionally hard to keep heads on pillows and food on tables. We are thankful for the work they continue to do,” said John Duvall.
“We are honored to have been chosen for one of NorthMarq’s 2020 Community Involvement Grants. Every dollar is critical in helping individuals and families reStart their life and provide an exit out of homelessness. With immense gratitude we are honored to be partners in the fight to end homelessness in Kansas City,” said Stephanie Boyer, CEO of reStart.
Both Duvall and Tucker plan to personally volunteer, along with a number of other commercial real estate professionals in the Kansas City market, since reStart directly impacts the market in such a positive way. The non-profit offers 17 programs to provide individualized support and a housing plan for youth, individuals, veterans, and families experiencing homelessness in Kansas City.
“reStart is great at being non-discriminatory with their services to the Kansas City community. Whether it be veterans, children, or individuals who have recently lost their homes, their message is direct and clear – if you are in need, we want to help,” said Tucker.
In the third year of NorthMarq’s Community Involvement Grant program, the company has awarded grants to 18 non-profits in 16 cities. The program solicits nominations from each local office, and had an increase of 20 percent from 2019, with a total of 18 non-profits focused on affordable housing and reducing homelessness receiving these grants in 2020. NorthMarq’s 2020 grant to New Hope Housing represents its third award under the Community Involvement Grant program.