Regional Assessment of Fair Housing for Kansas City

Report by Frank Lenk
November 2016

The Mid-America Regional Council   (Kansas City)

Mid-America regional Council was contracted by five communities — the cities of Blue Springs, Independence and Kansas City, Missouri; the city of Leavenworth, Kansas; and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas — to assist with the Assessment of Fair Housing required by HUD as part of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule for jurisdictions received federal housing funds like the Community Development Block Grant.The new AFFH requirements ask communities to consider both place-based challenges and people-based challenges. This analysis is more extensive than previous Analysis of Impediments reports, and focuses considerable attention on understanding the situation for those living in areas of concentrated poverty and persons of color (Racially and Ethnically Concentrated Areas of Poverty — R/ECAPS). The analysis looks extensively at steps to increase access to opportunity through education, transportation, jobs and environmental conditions.