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City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2011
City seeks public input to identify housing obstacles
The City of Kansas City, Mo., along with several other governmental jurisdictions in the Kansas City metropolitan area, is seeking public input in a current study designed to identify barriers to housing choice in the metropolitan area.
The study will investigate housing obstacles and develop a regional plan to address the identified barriers. Impediments to housing choice may include discrimination in housing; discriminatory lending and insurance practices; lack of housing for persons with disabilities; lack of affordable housing; and zoning impediments. BBC Research and Consulting, based in Denver, will conduct the study.
Interested individuals can attend one of four forums that will be held across the metropolitan area on Thursday, March 10. Please see the below for locations and times.
• Southeast Community Center
4201 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, MO
• Myron Scafe Building
8500 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS
• The Truman Memorial Building
416 W. Maple Ave., Independence, MO
• Hilton Garden Inn
520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS
Participating governmental jurisdictions include Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs and Independence in Missouri, and Kansas City, Overland Park, Johnson County, Shawnee and Leavenworth in Kansas. These cities and counties are entitlement jurisdictions of the federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD requires its CDBG grantees to conduct an analysis of impediments to fair housing choice within the jurisdiction and take actions to overcome the impediments recognized in the study.
For questions regarding the meetings or the study, please contact Mickey Dean of the City’s Human Relations Department. He can be reached at 816-513-1836 or Mickey.Dean@kcmo.org.