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Formerly incarcerated Missourians struggle for decades to find stable housing

Formerly incarcerated Missourians struggle for decades to find stable housing

After serving time in prison, Christine McDonald found herself living on the streets of Kansas City and in a pay-by-the-week motel. Robert Richardson, who also has a felony record, settled for a bug-infested apartment with an open hole in the front. They are far from alone in the struggle to find adequate, affordable housing as…

Shocked by your natural gas bill? Thank last year’s winter storm.

Shocked by your natural gas bill? Thank last year’s winter storm.

If you live in Kansas City, Missouri, chances are your wallet just got hit with the impact of last year’s winter storm.  While Kansas Citians haven’t faced widespread power outages this winter, natural gas providers are working to regain profit they lost during Winter Storm Uri in February 2021. The sustained cold temperatures caused demand…

How economic development happens in Kansas City

How economic development happens in Kansas City

Each development project is unique, and not all projects involve tax incentives. That’s why Kansas City’s economic development process looks less like a straight line from point A to point B and more like a flow chart.

For many Kansas City refugees, job options depend on spotty public transportation

For many Kansas City refugees, job options depend on spotty public transportation

Many refugees had worked in specialized jobs in their countries of origin, Ashok Sanadi, executive director of KC for Refugees, said. KC for Refugees has worked with people who were doctors, information analysts and business owners in their previous homes. But because new arrivals don’t speak English fluently, they require jobs with minimal instruction. So…

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