Kansas City, Missouri 2021-09-25 18:56:17 –
Kansas City, Missouri — Kansas City Emergency rental support center Earlier this month, we will help residents walk through the rental and utility assistance application process.
To date, 81% of the $ 12 million given to the program by the federal government has been used and approximately 136 people have been supported.
The center hosted the first Saturday session on September 25th. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, who helped secure a fair amount of money, attended the session during a short visit back from Washington.
According to Cleaver, there is never enough money to completely resolve the housing crisis — lack of access to proper housing has historic roots.
“We did something to further hurt the poor people associated with housing,” Cleaver said. “It’s like building an I-70 through a poor area.”
He says there wasn’t enough emphasis on affordable housing for everyone and a pandemic was needed to reveal the urgency of the situation.
According to Cleaver, it is very unlikely that another rental support building will pass, especially if it is legally approved.
Courts are currently involved because the only way to get it through another rental program is to put it under federal law.
“We want to do more than just short-term support. We want affordable housing for people to move in,” Cleaver said.
Nigel Johnson, a landlord in Kansas City for over 20 years, said he once lost his job and was unable to pay the invoice. He spent three years on physiotherapy after a head-on collision.
“So I also know what it means to be in a situation where you have the best intentions, I thought you understood it all, but life happens from time to time, and I We have to dig up the hole where we found ourselves, “said Johnson.
He spends his time learning more about the support programs available in the area and informing others in need of where to seek help.
According to Johnson, one of the biggest barriers to getting financial assistance is the lack of information among the public.
Cleaver says he believes that the best chance to combat the housing problem is to approve President Biden’s Buildback Better Agenda.
Billions of dollars have been secured through plans for public housing that has not been built in Kansas City for more than 25-30 years.
The center is open only by appointment. (816) Call 513-4501 to make a reservation.
The center is open regularly from 9 am to 4 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, with an hour break from noon to 1 pm.
The center also maintains business hours Thursday from 1 pm to 6 pm at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard’s 4400 in the city’s Housing and Community Development Department office.
Please bring it:
- Identification card (driver’s license, birth certificate, etc.)
- Certificate of residence
- Proof of income (salary statement, W-2 form, final tax return for 2020)
- Documentation of need
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