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Seg. 1: KCK Mayor David Alvey | Seg. 2: Pandemic Housing Concerns

Laura Ziegler
KCUR 89.3
Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor/CEO David Alvey was among metro leaders who announced on March 22 a joint stay at home order.

Segment 1: Coronavirus response in Wyandotte County

The Unified Government, representing one of the most diverse counties in Kansas and Missouri, faces some particular challenges in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor/CEO Alvey acknowledged communication is a problem for his administration, but is proud of efforts to translate safety materials for the Spanish-speaking community. The mayor also discussed the stay at home order that went into effect yesterday, the economic hit to be sustained because of it and what happens in a post-pandemic recovery.

Segment 2, beginning at 33:50: A familiar crisis is roiling in the wake of pandemic.

The availability of safe and affordable housing has been an issue for years, and the situation is only made worse as COVID-19 fears put much of the country on lockdown, leaving many without a job or means of paying the rent come April 1. Hear the doubts and hurdles landlords and renters are having to consider during exceptional circumstances.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is associate producer of KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.