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For Kansas City Landlords Helping Their Tenants Is Helping Themselves

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Carlos Moreno
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KCUR 89.3
KC Tenants protestors occupied the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse in October to decry eviction hearings during the pandemic.

"We think of ourselves as the voice of rental housing providers," says the president of the Kansas City Regional Housing Alliance. "Our goal is to stabilize our rental market."

The pandemic is hitting Kansas City tenants hard, but the CDC eviction moratorium is also putting rental property owners in a tough spot. By steering their tenants toward organizations offering the financial assistance they need for rent and utilities everyone stays afloat.

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