KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The day after Kansas City ended its homeless hotel program, tents were rebuilt in Westport.
About a dozen tents have been set up at the intersection of Westport Road and Southwest Highway.
Midwest Homeless Collective posted on Facebook page that the camp returned after the hotel program ended.
“Despite weeks of negotiations, the city is refusing to renew its hotel housing initiative. As a result, hundreds of our homeless comrades will have to move from the hotel to the street in the next 48 hours. The only thing that has changed is the weather for the past 90 days,” the post said.
The 90-day program providing free hotel rooms to the area’s homeless ended on Thursday.
During the program, more than 400 people used the free hotel services, on the last day 270 people were counted as using the hotel space.
According to Kansas City, hundreds of people have received government assistance, 50 have found work, and 220 have received medical care.
A baby was also safely born in the program.
The city provided this statement to FOX4:
Over the past few weeks, our service providers have been working with customers in hotels, preparing for today by helping them secure other accommodation, including the use of shelters. existing and moved in with family and friends. As of yesterday, more than 200 shelter beds were available at City Union Mission for single men and there are rooms there for families and single women. This does not include beds available at existing shelters. The city also secures 30 apartments in a luxury living facility of more than 55 people.
Affordable housing is an important part of our work helping people currently experiencing homelessness and preventing others from becoming homeless. The City Manager has created a draft of a strategic plan to create more affordable housing. The public is invited to read the draft “House Vision” and provide comments and feedback: https://www.kcmo.gov/city-hall/housing
The plan includes a goal of creating 10,000 affordable housing units (houses, apartments) over the next 5 years using a combination of strategies including small family communities, Land $1 Bank and existing city vacant lots, all bringing the uninhabited population and unsafe housing to the table for solutions.
Also – We currently have a contract with the city council committee that will appropriate funds to create a “small houses” village with full social services onsite. It’s called “Verge”. These will be pallet-style houses. The first phase will provide 200 beds for emergency transitional housing to non-residential communities.
In addition to addressing urgent and immediate needs, Council has been working on policies that:
City Council has passed new legal requirements for developers to bring in affordable housing units or fill a shortage of affordable apartments by paying into a housing trust. in.
The City Council established the Anonymous Task Force. The task force, made up of council members and advocates for those without permission, will develop ways the city can best partner with communities to address homelessness issues.
In addition, the newly formed Department of Housing and Community Development has dedicated resources and personnel to support tenant advocacy, homelessness prevention and support, and the conservation and creation of affordable housing. and overall community development.
Honestly, the city feels very proud of the efforts of the past 90 days.