ENews May 16, 2018


Safe, stable, and affordable housing is the foundation on which families build healthy and sustainable futures. Housing also represents one of the largest expenses in a household budget, and where one lives can impact access to schools, jobs, and community resources.

Housing influences both individual and community health and well-being in significant ways. Substandard housing conditions such as water leaks, poor ventilation, dirty carpets and pest infestation can lead to mold, mites and other allergens associated with poor health. Rapidly increasing property values can displace low- and fixed-income home owners unable to keep up with property taxes. High mobility due to rising costs or evictions can cause potential disruptions in neighborhood stability, delivery of critical social services, and even a child's progress in school.

In the past ten years, median monthly costs for all housing types have increased by 14%. Monthly costs for renters have increased at more than twice the overall rate (30%). The 2016 median gross rent for Johnson County was $1,045, with the additional housing costs of electricity, gas, water and sewer. For homeowners, median monthly housing costs are $1,677 for owners with a mortgage and $606 for owners without a mortgage (including real estate taxes, insurance, utilities and fuels, and fees).

Click here for complete Housing Affordability Fact Sheet .


Join UCS for the 2018 Human Service Summit: Investing in Healthy Communities, and be a part of the community conversation about what impacts our health and well-being.This is a unique opportunity to come together with representatives from various community sectors who care deeply about Johnson County. Our community's economic vitality and sustainability are only as healthy as those who live and work in it.

8:30 a.m. - NOON
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
8788 Metcalf
Overland Park, KS 66212
The morning kicks off with Dr. Marci Nielsen as the keynote speaker. A seasoned health policy expert, Dr. Nielsen has served in numerous leadership positions including former Executive Director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs at University of Kansas Medical Center, CEO and President of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, and Senior Vice President for Community Engagement at Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience. Today, Dr. Nielsen is the President and CEO of PolicyPRN Consulting.
The Summit includes a multi-sector panel on the health equity issues that affect our region, moderated by Steve Kraske of KCUR and Kansas City Star. During the session, attendees will participate in discussions about what creates a vibrant Johnson County and the role each sector plays in strengthening our community's residents.
UCS has convened community members to plan and envision a strong future for more than 50 years. Don't miss this opportunity to share your ideas. This event is supported through funding from the Kansas Health Foundation and the REACH Healthcare Foundation.

To register and pay online, please click here.
To register and pay by check, click here.
Register today, seating is limited.

Make A Donation: Giving to honor our past and prepare for our future is a great way to help us celebrate 50 years and those who have served our community through UCS.  We are happy to offer this easy online giving option.
Our mission: Provide data analysis, lead collaborative planning and mobilize resources to enhance the availability and delivery of health and human services.
Contact us at 913-438-4764 or www.ucsjoco.org

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