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City of Kansas City, Mo.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 3, 2010
City conducts survey to determine fair housing obstacles
The City of Kansas City, Mo. and eight nearby jurisdictions have embarked on an “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice” study to determine existing barriers to achieving fair housing for all residents in the metropolitan area.
The study is required in order for the city to continue to receive HUD funding, such as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). These grants total about $14 million annually.
The other jurisdictions involved in the study are Blue Springs, Independence and Lee’s Summit in Missouri, and Johnson County, Kansas City, Leavenworth, Overland Park and Shawnee in Kansas. The Denver-based firm BBC, Inc. will perform the study.
According to HUD guidelines, the study should be updated every five years. The last study for the Kansas City metropolitan area was completed in 1997.
“HUD, by its own admission, has been lax in its enforcement of these requirements during the last several years,” said Mickey Dean, manager of the Civil Rights Division of Human Relations and coordinator of the project. “However with the new administration in place, HUD has vowed to vigorously enforce the funding requirements even if it means holding up funds for some jurisdictions until they are in compliance.”
The Civil Rights Division of Human Relations and the Housing and Community Development Department are jointly working on the project on behalf of Kansas City. For more information, contact Mickey Dean at 816-513-1836.