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File #: 220201    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Referred
File created: 2/24/2022 In control: Finance, Governance and Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 3/2/2022 Final action:
Title: RESOLUTION - Directing the City Manager to devise a feasibility assessment and a funding, implementation and operating plan for a pallet shelter home project for the houseless to be installed at the Municipal Farm and report back to the Council in 14 days.
Sponsors: Melissa Robinson
Attachments: 1. Fiscal Note - 220201, 2. Proposed Committee Substitute - 220201, 3. CH_Pallet Shelters 220201, 4. CH_Pallet Shelters 220201, 5. Unhoused Solutions 220201

RESOLUTION NO. 220201

 

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RESOLUTION - Directing the City Manager to devise a feasibility assessment and a funding, implementation and operating plan for a pallet shelter home project for the houseless to be installed at the Municipal Farm and report back to the Council in 14 days.

 

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WHEREAS, Kansas City is the hometown to as many as 1700 people in the houseless community according to Project Homeless Connect Kansas City, with 370 people under the age of 18; and

 

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the public health issue by exponentially increasing job loss and financial struggle, particularly in communities of color and for those living at or near the poverty threshold, as established by the United States Department of Health and Human Services; and

 

WHEREAS, the intersecting and oftentimes competing costs of housing and health care create an undue burden on our city's poorest and most vulnerable residents; and

 

WHEREAS, spending public dollars to mitigate the effects of houselessness on the entire community serves a legitimate public purpose; and

 

WHEREAS, the City owns available land at the Municipal Farm; and

 

WHEREAS, a pallet home community for the houseless, along with wraparound services, such as medical care, transportation and social services, would be yet another step in the City Council’s recent actions showing its dedication to addressing the houseless issue in Kansas City; and

 

WHEREAS, pallet shelter homes are designed to serve as temporary or transitional housing, with other services designed to offer opportunities for permanent housing; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That the City Manager is hereby directed to devise a feasibility assessment and a funding, implementation and operating plan for a pallet shelter home project for the houseless to be installed at the Municipal Farm and report back to the Council in 14 days.

 

Section 2.  That such plan shall cover sanitation and hygiene, transportation, medical and relevant social services, with a goal of moving clients to permanent housing.

 

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