Affordable Housing: Making a Great City

Apr 16, 2024

Rents across the state of Missouri are skyrocketing. In fact, they are rising faster than in any other state in the U.S., according to research. In Kansas City, rents have increased by 7 percent since January 2023, reaching a median monthly price of $1,644.

The increases are primarily due to a housing shortage, which affects everything from the rates of homelessness to health outcomes and economic vitality. This year’s “Making a Great City” series highlights the critical role of a healthy housing supply. Housing scholar Gregg Colburn will kick off the first installment.

Colburn, co-author of Homelessness is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns, is an associate professor of real estate at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. He argues that housing market conditions, such as the cost and availability of rental housing, are more influential in driving homelessness in cities than factors like mental illness, drug use, or poverty.

Launched in 2018, the “Making a Great City” series aims to promote the healthy growth of Kansas City by exploring how development decisions can enhance fiscal stability and reduce wealth disparities across the metro area.

Event Details:
Affordable Housing: Making a Great City
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Reception: 5:30 PM
14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
Kirk Hall

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