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Legislation #: 080202 Introduction Date: 2/21/2008
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 4/17/2008
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER RILEY
Title: Directing the City Manager to explore the idea of developing a comprehensive housing assistance plan for City employees for the City Council’s consideration.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
2/21/2008 Filed by the Clerk's office
2/21/2008 Referred to Housing Committee
2/27/2008 Hold On Agenda (3/19/2008)
4/2/2008 Held on Docket (4/9/2008)
4/9/2008 Held on Docket (4/16/2008)
4/16/2008 Immediate Adoption Second Committee Substitute
4/17/2008 Adopted as Second Committee Substitute

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SECOND COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO.080202

Directing the City Manager to explore the idea of developing a comprehensive housing assistance plan for City employees for the City Councils consideration.

  WHEREAS, the Council believes there are City employees whose individual or family incomes make it difficult or impossible to afford adequate housing for themselves and their families; and

WHEREAS, providing financial or other housing assistance to those City employees can provide them and their families with opportunities for affordable housing that they do not currently have; and

WHEREAS, such financial or other housing assistance can be a valuable aid to attracting and retaining employees; and

WHEREAS, the current trends in the national and local economy and housing market suggest that it will grow even more difficult for individuals and families of low and moderate income to afford adequate housing for themselves and their families; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

Section 1. That the City Manager is directed to explore the idea of developing for the City Councils consideration a comprehensive housing assistance plan for City employees that, if developed, will include at least the following:

(a) The annual individual or family income levels for which such assistance would be needed; 

(b) An estimate of the number of City employees whose annual individual or family incomes fall within the income levels for which such assistance would be needed;

(c) Housing assistance for both affordable rental and homeownership opportunities;

(d) A description of the types of housing assistance or housing assistance programs that could be made available; such as rental subsidy payments, downpayment assistance for homebuyers, second mortgage low-interest loans or grants for homebuyers, minor or substantial home repair loans or grants for new homebuyers or existing homeowners, weatherization loans or grants, tool lending libraries or financial counseling;

(e) Potential sources of funding for each type of housing assistance or housing assistance program proposed; and

(f) Estimates of the annual cost for each type of housing assistance or housing assistance program proposed.

  Section 2. That the City Manager estimate the cost for the possibility of retaining a consultant to assist City staff in the preparation of such a proposed comprehensive housing assistance plan for City employees and report that estimated cost to the Council within 30 days of the passage of the resolution, or, if possible, identify appropriate City staff to prepare such plan.

Section 3. That the City Manager is to report back on his findings to the Council regarding such a proposed comprehensive housing assistance plan for City employees within 120 days of the passage of this resolution.

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