In the 1980’s, some of the public housing units in Kansas City were infested with rats, mice and cockroaches. Plumbing and electrical problems put the health and safety of residents at risk. Complaints to the housing authority were ignored and it seemed to be an organization more about serving political needs of a select few than a place organized to provide people clean, safe, affordable housing. Under such circumstances crime became problematic.
New census data shows a growing number of children around the country are living with their grandparents. And, at least in Kansas City, almost half of these households are below the poverty line. A unique new housing development in Kansas City aims to make life a little easier for these families.