NEAT sets October 4 Affordable Housing Forum

Reese Bentzinger
Editorial Assistant
Northeast News

Unsolved questions about gentrification linger from last January’s State of the Northeast Forum hosted by Northeast Alliance Together (NEAT).

To begin to answer those questions, another NEAT forum will be held on October 4 in an effort  to resolve the debate. The forum will take place starting at 6 p.m. at the Kansas City Public Library’s North-East Branch.

“We are going to share our housing policy platforms,” stated Mary Cyr, director of the NEAT.

The debate at the heart of the forum is how to build safe, affordable housing without running the risks of gentrification. This week’s forum hopes to create a resolution that not only avoids driving homeowners of modest incomes out of the area, but also ends up satisfying all parties involved.

The forum will focus on eight ‘talking points’ that those in attendance agree are important to discuss. These include questions about Kansas City’s five-year housing plan, how to make housing both affordable and developer-friendly, and how to define affordability.

“The first bullet point is that housing is a basic human right,” noted Cyr.

Panel members representing a diversity of opinions will be leading the forum. Participants include Kansas City, Missouri Councilmen  Scott Wagner and Quinton Lucas, affordable housing developers Todd Lieberman and Gloria Ortiz-Fisher, as well as KCMO section manager Jennifer Tidwell.

The forum will be open for the public to participate, as citizens will have an opportunity to voice opinions to councilmembers and housing developers about issues concerning gentrification that have surfaced in the Historic Northeast. The forum will be moderated by Jerusalem Farm Director Jordan Schiele.

Comments are closed.

  • Charges Filed in Sunday’s 12th Terrace Shooting

    14 hours ago
    by

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker has charged an eighteen year-old man in connection with the murder […]


    Three Mayoral Candidates respond to questions from Northeast Forum

    February 20th, 2019
    by

    Jolie Justus, Scott Wagner, and Phil Glynn responded to the remaining questions posed at the Northeast Mayoral Forum.


    KC Superman hangs up his cape

    February 20th, 2019
    by

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News In a coffee shop full of business suits and faces buried in laptops, one red cape […]


    Missouri Legislators discuss provisions of medical marijuana in Jefferson City

    February 20th, 2019
    by

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News More discussion on Amendment 2 is taking place in Jefferson City. Placed on the November ballot […]


    Artist Profile: Tyson Schroeder

    February 20th, 2019
    by

    Johanna Pounds Editorial Assistant Northeast News Tyson Schroeder is a local painter, editorialist, and musician who has been working in […]


  • Women in Jazz Month 2019

    February 20th, 2019
    by

    Sponsored content American Jazz Museum March is Women and Jazz Month, and the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum […]


    Payless Shoesource closing all US stores

    February 20th, 2019
    by

    Northeast News Payless Shoesource announced last Friday that they will be closing all of their stores across the US, which […]


    Smart Sewer project works to improve wastewater system

    February 20th, 2019
    by

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News The City of Kansas City will begin implementing the construction phase of the Smart Sewer Program […]


    KCPD respond to homicide in Sheffield neighborhood

    February 20th, 2019
    by

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News Kansas City Police Officers responded to the 6400 block of East 12th street Sunday morning, February […]


    Two Kansas City women have been arrested, charged in connection with Tuesday’s shooting at Central High School

    February 14th, 2019
    by

    Jamya D. Norfleet and Taylor McMillon face felony charges in connection with Tuesday night’s shooting.


  • What’s Happening

    retorts illustrated by bryan stalder

    The White Co. delivers innovation through history

    Michael Bushnell Northeast News “Our standard has always been to build a car able to surmount any road conditions which […]

    The will of the people and why it matters

    Part of the responsibility of living in a constitutional republic is an engaged electorate. An engaged electorate, theoretically, ensures that […]