Up to 500 hotel beds could provide shelter for homeless Kansas citizens, officials say


Encampment established to amplify the voice of Homeless population in Kansas City It could end as the city council is considering a proposal to provide hotel rooms for up to 500 people on Thursday afternoon.

The protest site was formed in front of the city hall in early February.

After 10 am on Thursday with Mayor Quinton Lucas City Councilman Liana Parks-Show I sat down with the leaders in the camp.

Lucas said a resolution would be made Thursday afternoon before the city council to offer the hotel for 90 days. It will give stakeholders time to work on two other goals: Land Bank and Labor Initiative for Permanent Housing.

“I think having a hotel as the first of the three is a sign of good faith,” Lucas told a group of people who had heard the discussion.

If the resolution is passed, people can start moving immediately. According to authorities, the hotel will be on a bus route and additional support services will be available.

James Shelby, the leader of the camp that runs by Kadafi, said he was encouraged to take the first step.

“This affects every camp in the city. My goal is to be attentive to everyone here,” Kadafi said. “The rest is subject to the city council continuing to work with us to create systematic policies and stuff that have a positive impact on our lives. That’s all we are looking for. Tired of being at the bottom of the totem pole. It’s time to treat everyone with the same respect and dignity. “

Lucas said he was trying to address political issues related to the city hall grounds.

“You pointed out that this is not just a camp, but a political protest,” he told Kadafi. “So, in our next phase, we want to ask us to move political activity, at least from the current protests, to working with us in some of these important steps. “

Earlier this week, City Hall camp and Westport camp Notification of move-out has been issued.. Supporters have been mobilized and have not been dismissed.

As of Thursday morning, about 40 tents were scattered on the lawn south of the city hall, with signs saying “People’s house” and “I want a house.”

Wilson Vance, campaign manager for KC tenants, said securing hotel room should be considered a victory, but the fight isn’t over.

“We can claim to be a real victory today,” Vance said. “Obviously, there is no real victory until people enter a permanent home. Therefore, this is a continuation of the debate, not just a debate, but a true seat at the table.”

In Kansas City, an estimated 2,000 people experience homelessness every day.

The city council will vote for the resolution at the 3 pm meeting. Parks-Shaw said he was confident that the bill would pass.

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