Economic Problems Hurt Kansas' Affordable Housing

By: AP
By: AP

Social services officials say the shortage of affordable housing in Kansas is a problem that's likely to get worse.

Topeka-based Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition says on any
given night, there are 18,000 homeless people in Kansas. The
national homeless count fell 11 percent last year, but advocates
say the mortgage crisis is causing a turnaround.

Shara Gonzales, head of New Beginnings in Hutchinson, says the
problem is attacking two groups -- those who have settled into the
system and can't climb out, and the growing number who have lost
their jobs, homes or both.

Tax credits are one way to help jump-start housing projects for
families with shrinking incomes, but such programs work best in
urban areas where incomes are higher. In some cases, landlords
reduce rents below their return expectations in order to attract
renters.


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