EACH DAY, 42 EVICTIONS ARE FILED IN KANSAS CITY.
The nation's housing crisis has reached emergency levels. A person working full time, paid minimum wage, cannot afford a two-bedroom apartment in any county in the United States. More than half of all Americans spend over 30 percent of their income on rent and utilities. 12 million households dedicate over half their wages to housing. Today, more than three million families and individuals are homeless, including more than one million children.
Most low-income renters in Kansas City—and, increasingly, some with moderate incomes—struggle to pay rent. Poor renters often occupy housing that costs more than they can afford, which can result in evictions and homelessness. Over the last 17 years, an average of 42 formal evictions have been filed per business day in Jackson County, Missouri. Poor people and communities of color are most impacted by eviction. Both a cause and condition of poverty, eviction impacts employment and health, causes student mobility, and can make it harder and harder to find secure housing.