Affordable Housing

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Re: Affordable Housing

Post by normalthings » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:28 am

FangKC wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:01 am
How about reducing parking minimums for retail centers where many of the parking spaces are never used? There are many opportunities to create affordable housing near and around existing grocery stores, and shopping malls. This would allow seniors, disabled, and low-income residents to live near retail centers. For many people, the only reason they require a car is to do shopping. If more housing is centered around shopping needs, and services, more residents can live car-free. Getting rid of those expenses immediately makes life more affordable.
Midtown Home Depot and Costco parking lots would be great places to start.

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Re: Affordable Housing

Post by TrolliKC » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:16 pm

Costco side seems about the right number of parking spots but Home Depot is a ridiculous waste on a prominent corner

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Re: Affordable Housing

Post by FangKC » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:21 pm

It's not only in the City's core. Does the Sears (at former Antioch Mall) really need a surface parking lot this large? A park-and-ride bus stop already exists on-site near the Vivion Road intersection.

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1925249 ... !1e3?hl=en

An analysis would probably find that there is an over-abundance of parking spaces in the area around Antioch and Vivion Road.

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1898614 ... !1e3?hl=en

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Re: Affordable Housing

Post by beautyfromashes » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:51 pm

The internet has greatly reduced the need for parking. 20 Christmas’ ago at most malls, you’d have to wait for someone to leave for a parking spot. Unfortunately, it takes governments a long time to move on trends.

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Re: Affordable Housing

Post by alejandro46 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:44 pm

FangKC wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:21 pm
It's not only in the City's core. Does the Sears (at former Antioch Mall) really need a surface parking lot this large? A park-and-ride bus stop already exists on-site near the Vivion Road intersection.

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1925249 ... !1e3?hl=en

An analysis would probably find that there is an over-abundance of parking spaces in the area around Antioch and Vivion Road.

https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1898614 ... !1e3?hl=en
No that lot is always empty. If you see the dirt rectangle shaped lot just to the north of Burlington, that has all been turned into low-rise apartments.

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Re: Affordable Housing

Post by FangKC » Thu May 16, 2019 5:09 pm

Parson may restart Missouri low-income housing tax credit program without legislature
The state hasn’t issued any new tax credits for developers of low-income housing since former Gov. Eric Greitens maneuvered to shut the program down in 2017.

The program helped to create as many as 2,500 housing units each year for Missouri’s most vulnerable residents, including senior citizens, veterans and the disabled. But Greitens railed against the tax credit during his 2016 campaign for governor, calling it a special-interest boondoggle that largely benefited deep-pocketed developers.
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The governor’s office said this week that Parson will take steps to revive the tax credit without the legislature.

“The governor has been pretty clear for the need for reform and accountability measures before restarting the program,” said Steele Shippy, communications director for the governor’s office. “The governor would prefer legislative reforms. But if (the legislature) is unable to get that done, he will consider what steps administratively could restart the program.”
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An estimated 100,000 people are on waiting lists for low-income housing in Missouri, a number growing every day that the state keeps the tax credit program shut down, said Jeff Smith, the executive director of the Missouri Workforce Housing Association.

“It means more people getting left out in the cold,” Smith said.
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But studies over the years have questioned its efficiency.

A 2017 report from State Auditor Nicole Galloway found that only 42 cents of every $1 of credit was used for low-income housing projects. Her findings match those of previous state auditors.
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https://www.kansascity.com/news/politic ... 44759.html

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Re: Affordable Housing

Post by normalthings » Thu May 16, 2019 8:18 pm

We will never be able to subsidize enough housing for these people. However, we can invest in education and public transit needed to get these people better jobs with low barriers of entry. Think of how much good we could do with MoDots road expansion budget alone.

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Re: Affordable Housing

Post by chaglang » Fri May 17, 2019 6:10 am

Curious if the 42 cents on the dollar is comparable to similar programs in other states and, if it’s worse, how Missouri can improve. That seems far more responsible than just ending the program. But this is a good reminder of what a bastard Greitens was.

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Re: Affordable Housing

Post by FangKC » Fri May 17, 2019 9:57 pm

Yes, the solution is try to improve the program. Don't just shut it down, and ignore the affordable housing problem.

There are a significant number of people who are eligible for public housing, and Section 8 programs, who don't work--disabled people and seniors. So education and opening up better jobs is all well and good, but it doesn't help these residents. Disabled people are not just people in wheelchairs, or who have terrible physical illnesses. Most people on disability have mental health problems. In fact, the majority of disability claims are mental health-related. People living with these problems are often not employable, or reliably healthy long enough to hold even a part-time job.

There are a lot of seniors on Section 8 simply because they retired, and living on Social Security. They are probably the fastest growing segment of our population needing affordable housing.

Keep in mind the statistic that around 40 percent of American adults have less than $500 for an emergency. That is why there are so many applying for subsidized housing.

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