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Legislation #: 010702 Introduction Date: 5/3/2001
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 5/3/2001
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS XBARNES, FORD, WILLIAMS-NEAL, SCHUMACHER AND COOPER
Title: Expressing the intent of the Mayor and Council to work with the private sector and community leaders to devise a strategy and process for assuring long term, qualitative performance of the expiring use housing .

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RESOLUTION NO. 010702

 

Expressing the intent of the Mayor and Council to work with the private sector and community leaders to devise a strategy and process for assuring long term, qualitative performance of the expiring use housing.

 

WHEREAS, Mayor Kay Barnes' Citizen Advisory Committee on Housing recommended that expiring use project-based Section 8 housing remains available as, or is replaced by, safe, decent, energy-efficient and affordable housing for very low to moderate-income, working poor households; and

 

WHEREAS, expiring use Section 8 housing is a generic term used to describe rental housing supported in some substantial way by Federal resources; and

 

WHEREAS, there are approximately 7,800 units of such housing in our metro area with the greatest concentration here in Kansas City, Missouri; and

 

WHEREAS, over the next 5 years, ownership of these properties will change and go into private individuals and, in the absence of an organized and systematic local response by city government, community organizations, and the private sector, such change may be detrimental to the whole community; and

 

WHEREAS, under recent changes in federal law governing these properties, especially HUDs Mark to Market program, rents will be adjusted downward, in many cases leading to either accelerated deterioration of the property or sale to a new owner who may be less economically able to maintain and effectively manage the property; and

 

WHEREAS, the federal government is withdrawing from direct involvement in housing and cannot reasonably be expected to lead the process of addressing issues of expiring use; and

 

WHEREAS, the decrease or elimination of federally assisted housing programs will undermine Kansas Citys recent strives to expand home ownership in many of our most distressed neighborhoods; and

 

WHEREAS, much of the expiring use housing is highly beneficial to the community and it is imperative to continue the trends that have allowed the City to achieve one of its main goals in affordable housing; decent, safe, and affordable housing for the elderly; and

 

WHEREAS, considerable progress has been made in neighborhood stabilization in recent years with market forces reawakening and a substantial increment of private sector participation in partnerships between charitable organizations and financing institutions; and

 

WHEREAS, success in managing expiring use housing can be achieved by effective collaboration between capable, committed, and imaginative leadership from the public and private sectors working together with the community as a whole; NOW, THEREFORE,

 


BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council express their intention to work with the private sector and community leaders to devise a strategy and process for assuring long term, qualitative performance of as much of the expiring use housing as may be possible.

 

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