Rep. Cleaver, Mayor Lucas Highlight American Rescue Plan Allocations to Help Address Homelessness in Kansas City

May 24, 2021
Press Release

(Kansas City, MO) – U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II and Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas today highlighted that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated $8.3 million to Kansas City to address issues related to homelessness. A portion of these funds, made available through the American Rescue Plan, will help Kansas City fund its recently-announced tiny homes village initiative. Last week, HUD also announced the allocation of 70,000 emergency housing vouchers - including an award of 164 vouchers to the  Housing Authority of Kansas City.

“The coronavirus pandemic has impacted all Americans, but the homeless population has been acutely vulnerable,” said Congressman Cleaver. “The American Rescue Plan is once again coming to the aid of those most in need of its assistance. The recent allocation of $8.3 million to Kansas City to address homelessness through affordable housing, as well as a separate allocation of 164 Emergency Housing Vouchers awarded to the Housing Authority of Kansas City, exemplifies Congress’ commitment to providing direct support to communities and our district. I was proud to support the historic relief package and it is my hope that this funding will support innovative housing and service solutions, such as through the utilization of transitional tiny homes, that benefit homeless and at-risk Kansas Citians.”

“Over the past several months, Kansas City government has worked to provide safe shelter for hundreds of people and families experiencing homelessness throughout our region, and the City Council has adopted significant policy reforms to help address long-standing housing needs in our community,” said Mayor Lucas. “Still, we have more to do. Ensuring all Kansas City families have access to safe and affordable housing must and will remain a priority well into the future—and this funding allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development helps providing the funding necessary to do so. Kansas City is privileged to have Congressman Cleaver as a leading voice on housing in the United States Congress and I thank him for his continued advocacy for our community.”

“These funds will allow us to provide safe, dignified, and respectful housing options to those most in need here in Kansas City,” said Kansas City Manager Brian Platt. “These funds will be crucial to the success of our efforts to provide tiny home emergency housing, to build hundreds of new affordable housing units, and to convert vacant and abandoned homes on the land bank into affordable housing.”

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Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Haydin Brady at 202-538-4326 or haydin.brady@mail.house.gov

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