Aftermath: Mayor Q's Developer Friendly Backstab Of KC Tenants Reconsidered

Here's the problem . . .

Ask around and notice that developers don't have a lot of love for Mayor Q so it's not like he earned hearts & minds but betraying a group that formerly campaigned on his behalf.

We talked about this last week but here's a worthwhile round-up report that's worth a peek:

On Aug. 18, the council voted 9-4 to change the ordinance, with council members Heather Hall, Brandon Ellington, Eric Bunch and Andrea Bough voting no.

Now there is no longer a requirement to make 10% of new developments “extremely affordable” — meaning for households making 30% of the Kansas City area median income.

With the change, the only affordable housing restriction is that 20% of housing units now must be within reach for households making 60% of the median income — meaning $1,180 monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment for two people.

The decision led to outrage at the City Council meeting, where a local housing advocacy leader was arrested.

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New KC housing ordinance redefines affordability - The Beacon

Just 19 months after passing a new housing ordinance aimed at requiring developers to offer “extremely affordable” housing, the Kansas City Council has decided it hasn’t worked.