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Priced Out: Why Care About Housing Affordability

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Published on Feb 6, 2019

Recorded February 2, 2019 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Overland Park, KS

Many people are priced out of the housing market in Johnson County. A social worker or paramedic, for example, cannot afford to purchase an average-priced home in any city in Johnson County. Having a safe, affordable home should be accessible for all, not a privilege for a select few. Learn why the lack of affordable housing affects the entire community and why it’s in our interest to provide more housing options in Johnson County.

Jump ahead to different segments:
20:45 How much do you need to earn to live in Johnson County?
27:10 What is Johnson County doing to address housing affordability?
33:55 What barriers do we face in addressing this problem?
51:26 How other communities are addressing housing affordability
53:45 Why is this issue important to Johnson County?

Our moderator is Karen Wulfkuhle, co-chair of the study committee and past director of United Community Services of Johnson County.

Presenters are:
Maury Thompson, Deputy Manager, Johnson County Government
Valorie Carson, Community Planning Director, United Community Services of Johnson County
Jennifer Creagar, Financial Care Program Director, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection


Camera/Editing: Mike Czerniewski

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