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Priced Out: Increasing access to affordable housing in JoCo is a health issue. But the politics of doing so are tough

Fast thinks affordable housing is part of a strong economy that attracts jobs.

“It’s part of an array of a strong, healthy, safe community, along with good roads and good schools,” she says. “It’s hard to attract businesses when there isn’t the housing supply to bring those businesses here.”

It’s disheartening to Fast to see residents with deep roots in her northeast district struggle. Generations of families have grown up around the same churches and schools as their grandparents. Their children can’t afford to come back, and they can’t afford to stay, threatening deep community ties that sustain health.

County Update: ‘Let’s feed people, not landfills,’ says Commissioner Fast

A 2016 study showed that Johnson County’s food waste was slightly above the national average at 23% of landfill volume. Almost a quarter of what’s in our landfill could have been diverted if it had been eaten!

Households are responsible for the largest portion of all food waste. You can make a big difference just by making small changes in how you buy and eat:

Commissioner Fast examines ‘the price we pay’ with cuts to mental health program funding

Johnson County’s mental health system has struggled in recent years after a decade of state and federal funding cuts..

 

The consequences are dire for youth and adults living with mental health conditions, resulting in skyrocketing suicide rates, increased incarceration, homelessness, and unnecessary hospitalizations.

NEW COMMISSIONERS SWORN IN

Two new members of the Johnson County Commission took the oath of office on Jan. 14, along with two incumbents who won re-election in November.

The new members are former Roeland Park City Council member Becky Fast, representing the 1st District, and Janeé Hanzlick, the former CEO of the SAFEHOME domestic violence agency in Johnson County. She represents the 4th District.

Incoming county commissioners say safety net, changing demographics are top priorities

“We really need a visioning strategic planning process again, because in (the past) 10 years the demand for these services has totally changed,” she said. “Surveys say people want the county to pick up some of the gap.”

Becky Fast steps down from Roeland Park council ahead of move to county commission

“My sincere thanks to Roeland Park residents, for trusting in me as your representative on the Roeland Park City Council,” Fast said in her resignation letter. “I look forward to representing you in a different capacity as your next District 1 County Commissioner.

 

Fast was honored after this week’s city council meeting with a plaque and reception.

‘It is time women have a voice.’ JoCo commission races reflect national trend

Fast, his opponent, said she was galvanized to run after she attended commission meetings and didn’t hear anybody speaking up for issues she believes are paramount, including mental health, senior services and public health.

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