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

Your Housing Stories

We want to hear about your own experiences in Kansas City related to housing. Have you struggled to find housing options that fit your budget? Is there a type of housing that you would love to live in but can't find here in Kansas City? Are you struggling to find quality senior living options? Share your story with us!

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    Land Bank

    by Michael Barth, 2 months ago
    I have been trying to purchase a property that land bank has for sale. I tried to do this for over one year and each time I have gone to land bank I get a different problem. First I had an issue with not having papers in correct order and then I got all this done. Next I got the loan on home but I could not get loan unless I had purchased the land which the land bank said that I had to have the money in the bank. I can not get the money in the bank unless... Continue reading

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    The Destruction of a Historic KC Community and It's Affordable Housing Stock

    by Nathan Kline, 6 months ago
    I am a 30 year resident of the Plaza-Westport Neighborhood in Midtown KC. When I moved into the neighborhood I did so because it was a historic neighborhood filled with affordable and wonderful homes built between 1910 and 1915. It was built as and had remained a working class neighborhood that had a wonderful and vibrant community living therein. Also important to me was that it was an urban neighborhood that was nestled in an urban forest that provided a thriving ecosystem for a surprising quantity and variety of life.


    Fast forward to the present and almost all of my... Continue reading

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