Johnson County and its cities will collaborate on a comprehensive housing market and needs assessment for the county. The findings will be used for a 10-year-outlook on housing in Johnson County. Today, the Board of County Commissioners authorized the funding for the county’s portion of this study.
United Community Services of Johnson County is taking the lead on this study and worked to secure financial support in every city in the county. As of today, 17 of the 19 cities in Johnson County have committed to participate. The total estimated cost of the study is $109,000 and is divided among the jurisdictions based on populations. The Board, today, authorized an amount not to exceed $50,000 for the county’s portion.
“Assisting vulnerable populations is a top priority for our Board, which includes working with others in the community to address the issues of those who are cost-burdened, housing insecure and homeless,” said Chairman Ed Eilert, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. “This study will supplement other work currently being done in the county on this issue, including research on the connection between housing and the health of the Johnson County community.”
The scope of the study includes demographic and economic profiles, a countywide housing profile and economic analysis, resident surveys, employer surveys, rental property owner/manager surveys and suggestions regarding state and local policies. United Community Services is working on a contract now and a report is estimated for October of 2020.