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Tony Perez stands, speaking into a microphone.
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The City of Columbia hosted its first Affordable Housing Summit on Thursday with a keynote focused on missing middle housing. The term refers to house-sized buildings with multiple housing units built in walkable neighborhoods, according to the keynote speaker, Tony Perez.

Missing Middle Housing includes everything from duplexes to a small apartment building surrounding a garden, and it appeals to baby boomers and millennials alike because it’s more affordable and it’s close to amenities like shops and restaurants.

When it comes to providing accessible, affordable housing to those who need it, RANDY COLE says "there's no silver bullet." There's a lot to look at, a lot to discuss; and that's why he invites everyone to the Affordable Housing Summit next month in Columbia! Also, ADRIAN HENDRICKS tells us how his youth development program at Lincoln University in Jefferson City benefits the whole state. (4:25) January 28, 2020


Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri is pushing for federal investigations into uninhabitable conditions at some public housing serving mostly low-income residents in Missouri.

Councilman Ian Thomas Facing Criminal Charges for Deal With Developers

Sep 5, 2019
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Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas has been charged with a misdemeanor after negotiating a quid pro quo with two developers last year, Cole County Prosecutor Locke Thompson confirmed Thursday.

Thomas was charged with attempting to commit an act prohibited by a public official for offering to lend his support to a development project if the developers supported affordable housing. 

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The 2015 Affordable Housing Symposium main event was the World Café Thursday evening with community members and organizations from Columbia and Mid-Missouri invited to discuss current and future affordable housing in Columbia. 

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The Columbia Housing Authority is in the process of trying to secure a 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and the Columbia City Council will be backing them up. This tax credit will go towards renovating its 719 public housing units.

Claire McCaskill
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Businesses affiliated with the husband of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill received almost $40 million of federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office.

But McCaskill's campaign said Tuesday that none of that money made it to the family's bank accounts.
McCaskill's Republican challenger, Todd Akin, claims the federal payments represent a "conflict of interest" — an assertion McCaskill calls "unfair and distorted."

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