There’ll be more money available to help with low-income housing now that Lawrence voters to earmark sales tax money for affordable housing.
That money can be used to build affordable neighborhoods like this one on Edgewood Street, or help citizens pay the rent elsewhere. The City Housing Authority says over 400 families receive financial support and another 200 are on a waiting list.
The earmarked money will go into a general fund that can be allocated at the City Commission’s discretion.
Supporters of the initiative say these new funds are necessary because federal funds have dried up. The city says over 30 percent of renters in Lawrence spend over half their income on housing.