COMMUNITY RENEWAL HOUSING
OUR COMMUNITY .
13,600 people are on the waiting list to receive federal housing assistance in Kansas City. 1,798 people are homeless on any given night in Kansas City. on any given day
W We are the ones no one sees. The world forgets.
The ones struggling to survive w ith each breathe.
Pay check to pay check. One day to the next.
From place to place Our sweat paves the way.
42 evictions are filed per day in Jackson County. This does not include informal forced evictions.
We are the footprints of our city. E ast of T roost has been our home.
We are the fabric of the urban core. A place outsiders fear to roam.
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We are the faces you would picture Of the less fortunate and poor.
We are those who deserve safe and affordable homes.
Almost 50% of renter households are considered “housing cost-burdened” meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on housing.
We despise handouts. Don’t judge us from afar.
Our hand dealt has us lagging; but our resilience will overtake every obstacle in our way.
Past discriminatory housing practices laid the groundwork for why Kansas City is considered by today’s experts to be a hyper-segregated city.
Our story is not yours Though it seems our real estate is.
Our story is not yours But where could we be with support.
With housing that is safe and affordable.
Families making minimum wage can only afford rent of $491 a month. The fair market rent for a two bedroom is $978.
We don’t quit.
Though we’ve been denied a n inheritance And a right to own a piece of the city We’ve called home.
While outside investors Profit and glean The wealth from our striving To find decent housing.
Low-income residents in the city not only struggle to find affordable housing, but often live in poor conditions with negligent landlords.
Housing that’s affordable And safe AND SAFE-switch voice Housing that is safe
Not glossed over with paint That chips away the next day.
And up to code. And cared for.
That leaves our kids ridden with sickness.
In-home exposure to lead irreversibly damages the brains and nervous systems of children. 1 in 10 children tested in Kansas City’s urban core have dangerously high levels of lead in their blood.
That leaves our pockets empty Without quality product.
Because we can’t afford.
WE CAN’T AFFORD.
650 plus and it’s rising.
In Kansas City, a worker earning minimum wage would have to work 80 hours a week or two full-time jobs in order to afford a two-bedroom unit.
But I ’m a single mom.
I have child support.
I make minimum wage.
I just earned my GED.
I was homeless at 14.
I’ve learned on my own.
I never had a mom or dad to show m e the ropes.
But I’m trying . I just need some support.
But I don’t want to be anymore.
I want to be home.
I want a home to call MY own.
AND WE MATTER.
BECAUSE IT’S OUR COMMUNITY.
Community Renewal Housing