This initiative is a partnership between the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Environments working Group, University Outreach and Extension (HSEW, UO/E) and Northwest Missouri Regional Resource Team (NWTm), facilitated by Center for Agricultural, Resource and Environmental Systems (CARES) and Community Policy Analysis Center (CPAC).
Lack of affordable quality housing has reached a critical stage at both the national and state levels and in many Missouri communities. Many low-to-moderate income households cannot afford adequate housing or find suitable housing in their communities, especially in rural areas. In Missouri, an average of 18.1 percent of households are cost-burdened (i.e., spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing). Existing housing stock in many communities is in poor condition due to a lack of maintenance, repair and age. In Missouri, 28 percent of the housing stock was built before 1950. Changing demographics throughout the nation, including the State of Missouri, underlines the importance of looking at the options and needs for housing for a diverse population.
The cost burden data, housing stock information, deliberative group information and the changing demographic trends point to the need to assess the housing need and availability in Missouri communities. We need to assess the need for traditional, as well as alternative housing such as lifecycle housing, housing for the elderly, single-parent, single persons, large families and multi-generation households. This type of an assessment will help to generate housing profiles that enable community stakeholders to communicate their housing needs to the appropriate organizations and foster adequate affordable housing development in their communities.
The goal of this initiative is to develop procedures and resources that will help communities assess, plan and implement strategic action that will foster housing development. The target user group of this effort are community leaders and organized housing task groups. Elected officials and other community leaders need a systematic approach that will help them clarify and address their community's current and future housing needs. A successful community housing initiative will allow community leaders to direct public and private resources into areas that generate the greatest return regarding economic development and quality of life improvements.
Center for Applied Research in Environmental Systems
University of Missouri - Columbia
130 Mumford Hall, Columbia, MO 65211
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