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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

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W We are the ones no one sees. The world forgets.

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The ones struggling to survive   w ith each breathe.

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Pay check to pay check. One day to the next.

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From place to place Our sweat paves the way.

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42 evictions are filed per day in Jackson County. This does not include informal forced evictions.

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We are the footprints of  our city. E ast of T roost has been our home.

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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.

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We are those who deserve safe and affordable homes.

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Almost 50% of renter households are considered “housing cost-burdened” meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on housing.

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We despise handouts. Don’t judge us from afar.


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Our hand dealt has us lagging; but our resilience will overtake every obstacle in our way.

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Past discriminatory housing practices laid the groundwork for why Kansas City is considered by today’s experts to be a hyper-segregated city.

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Our story is not yours Though it seems our real estate is.

Our story is not yours  But where could we be with support.

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With belief.

With hope.

With housing that is safe and affordable.

With opportunity.

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Families making minimum wage can only afford rent of $491 a month. The fair market rent for a two bedroom is $978.

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We don’t quit.

We persevere.

We thrive.


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Though we’ve been denied a n inheritance And a right to own a piece of the city We’ve called home.


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While outside investors Profit and glean The wealth from our striving To find decent housing.

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Low-income residents in the city not only struggle to find affordable housing, but often live in poor conditions with negligent landlords.

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Housing that’s affordable And safe AND SAFE-switch voice Housing that is safe

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Not glossed over with paint That chips away the next day.

And up to code. And cared for.

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That leaves our kids ridden with sickness.

From Lead.

And Mold.

And Toxins.

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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.

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That leaves our pockets empty  Without quality product.


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Because we can’t afford.


650 plus and it’s rising.

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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.

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But I ’m a single mom.

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I have child support.

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I make minimum wage.

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I just earned my GED.

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I was homeless at 14.

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I’ve learned on my own.

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I never had a mom or dad to show  m e the ropes.

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But I’m trying . I just need some support.

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But I don’t want to be anymore.

I’m Surviving.

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I want to be home.

I want a home to call MY own.

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Community Renewal Housing