Building a Road Map to a Stronger, More Resilient Community

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Community development is the work of building and sustaining neighborhoods. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas is currently developing its five-year Consolidated Plan to improve housing options and encourage community development in the city and county. We are also completing the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing.

 

 

Community Engagement Results

Community Engagement Activities 

Thank you to everyone who supported this initiative by completing a survey or attending a meeting! 

  • 142 Survey Responses
  • 30 Community Stakeholder Interview Participants
  • 4 Community Workshops with 24 participants 
  • 2 Targeted Resident Focus Groups

Community Development Needs 

When the draft plans are released in June, they will include a full listing of the comments received. The following is a summary of community development needs identified by participants. 

 Housing Needs
  • Help for homeowners to make housing improvements
  • Rehabilitation of affordable rental housing/apartments
  • Energy efficiency improvements to housing

 

 Public Facility Needs

  • Community Centers
  • Homeless services centers/emergency shelter 
  • Community parks, gyms and recreation fields 

 

 Homeless Needs
  • Transitional/permanent supportive housing programs
  • Homelessness prevention programs
  • Supportive services/case management 

 

 Public infrastructure needs
  • Street/ road improvements
  • Sidewalk improvements or expansion 

 

 Public Service Needs
  • Health and mental health services
  • Childcare
  • Substance abuse/crime prevention
  • Youth services/ programs
 Economic Development 
  • Redevelopment or demolition of blighted properties

 

 

Barriers to Fair Housing

The following barriers to fair housing were identified by survey participants. A more in-depth summary to fair housing needs can be found here(PDF, 360KB) .

Responses to “Do you think any of the following are barriers to fair housing in Wyandotte County/ Kansas City?  (Check any that apply.)” from the Community Survey:

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Next Steps

Join us for a presentation of the Draft Plans on May 23, 2022

A presentation will be held during the Administration and Human Services Standing Committee. More information can be found on the event page below 

AHS Standing Committee Event 

Draft Plans will be available in early June

Check back here for the draft Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. We will also have an online comment form available so you can let us know what you think!

Read Previous Plans

Go to our Plans and Reports page

Learn More

Every 5 years the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that the Unified Government develop a five-year Consolidated Plan and an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing.

These studies are necessary for us to receive funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Program, and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funds.

The five-year Consolidated Plan will include an in depth needs assessment related to housing and community needs, our priorities for the use of HUD grants, our five year goals, and our first year plan with projects to accomplish those goals (an Annual Action Plan).

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing will look at whether everyone has similar choices for housing regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, religion, disability, or whether they have children.

Visit the HUD Exchange for more information