Sunday, December 03, 2017
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! ACTIVISTS WARN AGAINST RECORD NUMBER OF KANSAS CITY HOLIDAY SEASON EVICTIONS!!!
Amid upcoming colder weather and worsening economic conditions, an ongoing housing crisis threatens working poor residents of Kansas City.
Progress for a rental inspection ordinance and help to curb the high number of KCMO evictions has been evicted has been slow.
During a recent council debate on this topic, a not-so-fun fact on local housing disparity came to light . . .
"Advocates for low-income families say the balance of power in the rental housing market is tilted heavily in favor of property owners. A landlord who has a complaint about property damage or illegal activity on the part of a tenant can initiate eviction proceedings. But tenants who are living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions have no such recourse."
Remember, Kansas City has one of the highest eviction rates in all of the nation.
A few more relevant facts for this conversation . . .
- In 2017, a person working for minimum wage at full-time hours cannot afford a two bedroom apartment in any county in the United States.
- Of the 6,600 evictions filed in 2016, only 29 were adjudicated in favor of the tenant.
- 98.8% of the time, if an eviction case makes it to court, the tenant is evicted.
- 42 evictions are filed daily, 25 evictions judgements are made in KCMO nearly every day.
- 84% of landlords are represented by an attorney but only 2% of tenants have legal representation.
- Residents on the east side of Troost are 19x more likely to be evicted.
- The number of growing "informal evictions" threaten to spike these numbers even higher.
A bit of recent testimony on these facts following comprehensive study spanning more than 17 years . . .
"Tara Raghuveer, an independent researcher, presented extensive information on evictions and the impact on the overall community at a Kansas City, Mo. City Council business session. Her quantitative research covers 17 years of court-ordered eviction data in Jackson County, Mo."
However . . .
In spite of all this data, here's a dire warning from local housing activists . . .
AMID UPCOMING RENTAL PROPERTY REGULATORY THREATS AND INCREASED HOUSING DISPARITY PROTEST, LOCAL RESEARCHERS REPORT A KCMO HOLIDAY SEASON SPIKE IN EVICTIONS OUT OF FEAR OF AN UPCOMING CRACKDOWN!!!
Here's the word:
"What we're seeing in the latest data set from this month is that more people are being evicted over the past few weeks as many local landlords seem to realize that changes are ahead. So tenants who are seen as "risky" or who have had trouble making timely payments are being forced out to preemptively prevent any legal complications . . ."
And so, this recent spate of activism to battle the local housing crisis has actually made life just a bit harder for more than a few po'folk.
Nevertheless, the struggle to offer equitable representation and fair policies for renters and those who confront eviction continues while the rate of po'folk kicked to the curb spikes as amid this holiday season of discontent.
Developing . . .