This five-part series explores the shortage of affordable housing in Lawrence, which is designated through national health rankings as a "severe" problem in Douglas County.
We'll cover the attention that issue has received in the past year and what measures city leaders and others are proposing, moving forward, to improve it.
May 1 — Lawrence family moves out of shelter, into apartment through new, locally funded program May 8 — Incentivizing affordability: Debates begin on direction for affordable housing May 15 — Money woes: Finding funds for affordable housing in Lawrence May 22 — Lawrence family of six gets ‘hand up,’ buys home with help of housing trust May 29 — A review and mapping of Lawrence’s existing affordable housing stock
- A ‘second chance:’ Lawrence family moves out of shelter, into apartment through new, locally funded program
- Attention paid to affordable housing problem in last year, city to decide on future efforts
- May 1, 2016
- The lack of affordable housing is a problem nationwide, with municipalities scrambling for solutions and some experts calling for federal housing policy to address it. The issue has received increased attention in the past year from Lawrence leaders, who ordered the creation of an affordable housing advisory board; reactivated a dormant affordable housing trust fund; and funded a new transitional housing program. Now, conversations are beginning on what the city should do next.
- Incentivizing affordability: Debates begin on direction for affordable housing
- City proposing percentage of affordable units be set aside in developments receiving subsidies
- Lawrence family of six gets ‘hand up,’ buys home with help of housing trust
- City’s tight housing inventory creates imbalanced market