Rising rent costs in Kansas City has some concerned

Posted at 4:23 PM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 19:51:13-04

Kansas City's booming housing market is impacting how much people pay for rent.

According to Apartment List, the cost to rent in Kansas City is on the rise.

From the construction crews along Armour Boulevard to the Two Light high rise downtown. Kansas City's rental market is undergoing major upgrades.

Gene Dehlic and her friend love visiting downtown Kansas City, but say they can't afford to live downtown anymore.

"The scariest thing is when somebody says 'we're going to fix everything up,' which means 'we're going to triple the rent and people like you are not going to be welcomed here anymore,'" said Dehlic.

Seft Hunter is the executive director of CCO, Communities Creating Opportunities. Hunter says the booming housing market and increased rents could be great for occupying and stabilizing city neighborhoods.

"As these communities like Armour Boulevard and others begin to get a place where market forces are taking over, we then have to use public instruments to ensure that there are places that still remain for folks at the lower income spectrum." said Hunter.


According to Apartment List, Kansas City's median two-bedroom rent of $900 is below the national average of $1,160.