KCMO Neighborhood and Housing restricting services to prevent COVID-19 spread

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Posted at 8:50 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 21:50:49-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of the busiest and most visible departments for the city of Kansas City, Missouri, is scaling back services to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The KCMO Neighborhood and Housing Services Department announced several temporary changes Wednesday.

The Housing Division will suspend in-home inspections until further notice, the department said in a statement.

The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department's second-floor office at 4400 Blue Parkway also has been closed to the public.

Other changes include a lock box on the first floor of the building at 4400 Blue Parkway for residents and contractors to leave paperwork and invoices, according to the release.

The Land Bank, a popular program designed to help with blighted houses, won't have office visits, property showings or compliance inspections during the crisis.

Animal Health and Public Safety workers will respond to calls, but employees will practice social distancing guidelines as they round up stray and dangerous animals.

Trash service also will continue, but workers will engage in social distancing and use enhanced methods to keep high sanitation standards.

There won't be any neighborhood clean-ups until the crisis is over, the department announced.