Affordable Housing: A Status Report
Nearly two years after the Library and KCPT-Kansas City PBS launched an examination of affordable housing in the city, what has changed? For the better? For worse?
Mayor Quinton Lucas, who campaigned on the issue, joins a panel discussion and assessment of where the city now stands — as well as where it might be headed. Included is a look at opportunity zones and the tax breaks they extend to developers to encourage investment in low-income, economically distressed neighborhoods. Are they helping or hurting? Do they hasten gentrification? Also, what’s the expected impact of reassessment in Jackson County, particularly on renters?
Joining Lucas in the conversation: social activist and KC Tenants Director Tara Raghuveer; realtor, landlord, and Jackson County Board of Equalization member Stacey Johnson-Cosby; Heartland Apartment Association Executive Vice President Sam Alpert; and resident Tiana Caldwell, now living with her family in a Kansas City hotel after being evicted from their home.
Nick Haines moderates the presentation, which is co-presented by the Black Community Fund and KCPT-Kansas City PBS.