Housing

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To the right, you can find a summary document of your input so far on issues related to housing in Kansas City.

Below are discussion forums on the housing issues you have provided input on so far. This page will be updated as needed throughout the comprehensive plan update process.

For more information on how housing trends have changed in Kansas City over time, please see our Play(data)book here. Some important takeaways from the Play(data)book on housing in Kansas City include:

  • New home construction is concentrated in the Northland and Downtown/Midtown areas while the east side neighborhoods continue to lose housing units
  • Declining home ownership rates, especially in majority-Minority neighborhoods
  • Rapidly increasing rents
  • Increasing number of households spending more than 30% of their income on housing
  • Vacancy rates are increasing in majority-Minority communities
  • Increased home values are not occurring everywhere; in some majority-Minority communities values are decreasing

To the right, you can find a summary document of your input so far on issues related to housing in Kansas City.

Below are discussion forums on the housing issues you have provided input on so far. This page will be updated as needed throughout the comprehensive plan update process.

For more information on how housing trends have changed in Kansas City over time, please see our Play(data)book here. Some important takeaways from the Play(data)book on housing in Kansas City include:

  • New home construction is concentrated in the Northland and Downtown/Midtown areas while the east side neighborhoods continue to lose housing units
  • Declining home ownership rates, especially in majority-Minority neighborhoods
  • Rapidly increasing rents
  • Increasing number of households spending more than 30% of their income on housing
  • Vacancy rates are increasing in majority-Minority communities
  • Increased home values are not occurring everywhere; in some majority-Minority communities values are decreasing
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  • Affordability

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on the issue of housing affordability:

    • Make housing available for all wage levels of people who work in the city, which is accessible to convenient and affordable transportation to their jobs.
    • Prevent overly burdensome housing costs.
    • Improve affordability in areas with recent sharp housing cost increases like Downtown and Midtown.
    • Improve energy efficiency.
    • Require that housing developments include some affordable units.
    • Develop co-op housing.
    • Increase the capacity of programs for home-ownership, rehab of existing buildings, or tax relief/utility support for low income households.

    Is there an important housing affordability issue missing? Do you have some ideas on how to address these issues? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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  • Homelessness

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on the issue of homelessness:

    • Address homelessness with more shelters, sweat equity options, veterans' housing, and with mental health and other auxiliary programs.
    • Obtain the participation of other metropolitan communities.

    Is there an important homelessness issue missing? Do you have some ideas on how to address these issues? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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  • Financing

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on the issue of financing:

    • Facilitate housing finance by combating redlining and by public contributions toward creating, buying, preserving, and rehabilitating housing.

    Is there an important housing financing issue missing? Do you have some ideas on how to address these issues? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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  • Incentives

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on the issue of residential development incentives:

    • Review and reform the city's incentive policies used for market rate residential projects.
    • Apply incentives to preserve historic structures and to increase quality, affordable housing, particularly on the East Side.

    Is there an important issue related to residential development incentives missing? Do you have some ideas on how to address these issues? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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  • Segregation & Inequity

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on segregation and inequity issues:

    • Reduce racial and economic segregation and inequity by providing affordable housing throughout the city, combating gentrification, reducing sprawl, and allocating resources equitably.
    • Eliminate racially impactive lending. 

    Is there an important segregation and inequity issue missing? Do you have some ideas on how to address these issues? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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  • Neighborhood Improvement

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on how to improve neighborhoods:

    • Facilitate improvement of neighborhoods through planning activities and provision of resources.
    • Discourage holding vacant properties idle which have great promise (e.g. with a holding fee).
    • Perform improvements with minimal displacement or gentrification, and with input from residents.

    Is there an important neighborhood improvement concept missing? Do you have some ideas on how to address these issues? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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  • Unit Loss

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on the loss of available units:

    • Reverse the loss of housing units in existing neighborhoods through providing infill housing, reusing vacant buildings, and building on vacant lots.

    Is there an important concept missing related to the loss of available units? Do you have some ideas on how to address these issues? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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  • Demolition

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on the issue of housing demolition:

    • Tear down abandoned buildings which have had a blighting effect for a long time and for which rehabilitation/reuse is not feasible.

    Is there an important housing demolition issue missing? Do you have some ideas on how to address these issues? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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  • Back to Nature

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on natural green space in residential areas:

    • Return back to nature in parts of areas where housing demand is extremely low.

    Is there an important topic on nature and green space in residential areas missing? Do you have some ideas on how to address these issues? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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  • Preservation

    6 months ago
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    Here's a summary of what we've heard so far on the issue of housing preservation:

    • Maintain housing in existing neighborhoods.
    • Safeguard historic structures.
    • Rehabilitate deteriorating structures.
    • Enforce codes.
    • Develop healthy landlord/tenant communication.
    • Prevent abandonment.
    • Stabilize neighborhoods in sharp decline.
    • Take advantage of current assets, such as historic structures, parks/boulevards, and beautiful views.

    Is there an important preservation issue missing? Do you have some ideas on how to address these issues? Let's talk about it! Leave a comment below.

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