Johnson County housing costs remain a concern — new ‘toolkit’ pushes cities to find solutions

Cities in northern Johnson County are starting talks on ways to have a more active role in housing attainability in their communities. Those conversations center around the Housing for All Toolkit, a newly released document that lays out goals for building diverse housing stock and allowing people from all incomes the chance to live in Johnson County. Above, homes in Prairie Village. File photo.

A so-called “housing toolkit” is now available for cities in Johnson County to use in advocating for more affordable residential development within their jurisdictions.

The new document, dubbed the the Housing for All Toolkit, aims to provide guidance for cities to think about adding more attainable housing, as affordability and the cost of housing remains a major concern among many Johnson County residents.

United Community Services of Johnson County, a local nonprofit that facilitated the recent Johnson County Municipalities Community Housing Study, released the housing toolkit earlier this month at its annual Human Services Summit.