The byproduct of six citywide public meetings and hundreds of hours of work by city staffers and community partners was unveiled during a city council housing committee meeting September 12.
Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department (NHSD) Director John A. Wood presented a draft of the city’s Five Year Housing Policy, outlining short- and long-term goals to improve the future of housing and housing availability in Kansas City.
One of the major goals of the policy- and a concern voiced at every public meeting- is increasing housing stock regardless of income level. Wood told the committee the policy calls for building or preserving 5,000 low- to moderately-priced homes by 2023 and creating a $75 million public/private trust fund for preserving and rehabbing existing homes. Read the complete Five Year Housing Policy Draft and this matrix outlines how the policy will be implemented.
Committee members said they would like to see many of the proposals enacted by early 2019.