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Johnson County leaders launch study on affordable housing

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-19 16:21:13-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As leaders in Kansas City, Missouri, work toward comprehensive affordable housing policies, leaders across the state line in Johnson County, Kansas, are beginning a similar discussion.

Johnson County’s Board of Commissioners Thursday approved county funding for a collaborative study with 17 other Johnson County cities to study the housing market in the county.

Of the total $109,000 cost of the study, the county will chip in $50,000, with the 17 other cities splitting the remaining cost.

“Assisting vulnerable populations is a top priority for our Board, which includes working with others in the community to address the issues of those who are cost-burdened, housing insecure and homeless,” board chairman Ed Eilert said in a release. “This study will supplement other work currently being done in the county on this issue, including research on the connection between housing and the health of the Johnson County community.”

Data collected in the study includes demographic and economic profiles, housing profiles, economic analysis, surveys of residents, employers and property owners.

The report is due in October 2020.