By
Sarah Owsley Townsend

In August 2019, Empower Missouri’s Executive Director, Jeanette Mott Oxford, offered testimony in a special hearing on Criminal Justice. “I think sometimes we wish we had a magic mirror, and we could hold it up to people and it would say, ‘I see racism in you. I see racism in you. No racism in you.’...
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When the Affordable Care Act passed, an unforeseen pitfall to the system was created.
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While some of Section 8 funding is still project based, much of that money is now distributed through what is called Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs).
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In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent in Missouri, full-time workers need to earn $16.00 per hour. This is Missouri’s 2019 Housing Wage, revealed in the national Out of Reach report, jointly released this week by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and Empower Missouri.  Out of Reach 2019...
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The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s newly released report, The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes 2019, finds a housing shortage of nearly seven million affordable and available rental homes for our nation’s extremely low-income renter households. In the state of Missouri, we are about 199,000 units short of meeting the need for affordable and accessible...
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