What Strategies is Kansas City Using to Address Housing Programs?

The Council Goal for Housing is: To sustain the City's diverse housing for all income groups through strategic planning and well-designed developments, with an emphasis on revitalizing aging neighborhoods.

Below are the objectives from the current Citywide Business Plan that outline the specific strategies that the city is pursuing that relate to promoting Housing Programs. These objectives provide insight into the departments that are involved and the actions that are being taken.

How Can We Measure Progress on Housing Programs?

The City's efforts to use housing programs to achieve the overall housing goal can be measured via the outputs from the city's existing housing programs, including investment in housing redevelopment and rehabilitation, minor home repair, and lead poisoning prevention. New housing programs, including healthy homes rental regulation and energy efficiency programs, are also under consideration and could provide additional outcome measurements.

Lead Safe KC and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Lead is an established neurotoxin that can cause brain damage, speech delay, kidney problems, and even death. Children are most at risk of exposure to lead, with a primary source being lead paint from houses built before 1978. The Health Department's program efforts are focused on identifying children who have been exposed to lead through testing as well as finding the source of the lead and addressing it.

Number of Children Tested

Maximizing the number of children at risk for lead poisoning who are tested ensures that more resources can be applied to identify and address the sources of lead.

Program Outputs

The Lead Safe KC program, funded by a federal grant, works to remove sources of lead in older houses for income-qualified residents, The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program additionally provides outreach, education, and case management to families with exposure to lead.