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Resource Center: The four drivers of housing insecurity


This four-part series takes an in-depth look at the four factors most likely to contribute to homelessness, plus what Catholic Charities of Kansas City and St. Joseph is doing to help

Our Q&A roundup on this important issue

In its daily mission, Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph gets a view from the trenches of the homelessness crisis in the diocese. In the previous four issues of our newsletter, representatives for Housing Services have given readers an in-depth look at the four most common contributors they experience that contribute to or cause homelessness. This Resource Center compiles all those interviews into one home page, and includes additional new information.

Conviction

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When a past criminal conviction has caused everything in a person’s life to come off the rails, when that person can’t find housing because of a criminal background and then winds up facing homelessness, when lack of a home address makes it hard to find a job, which in turn makes it even harder to find housing, when all that misery has piled up, it is uniquely Catholic Charities who can step in and help. In part one of this series, Housing Services Executive Director Jarrod Sanderson discussed this first of four important contributors to housing instability.

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Housing Services Executive Director Jarrod Sanderson goes in depth on the reasons why housing affordability and availability in Kansas City is “an emergency in slow motion,” and the uniquely hopeful position Catholic Charities is in to help.

Eviction

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In the second installment of this series on the four obstacles to housing stability – conviction, eviction, low income and disability – Jan Motl, director of Catholic Charities northwest office located in St. Joseph, explains why “good” housing news isn’t always so good.

Low income

What affordable housing could like
In the third installment of this series on the four obstacles to housing stability – conviction, eviction, low income and disability – Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph housing director Jarrod Sanderson talks about some revolutionary attempts to improve the ability of working families to afford good housing.

Disability

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In the final installment of this series on the four obstacles to housing stability, Jan Motl examines how those who suffer from disabilities, mental and physical, often face daunting barriers to adequate affordable housing.

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