Cape Area Housing Committee

How This Effort Started

The Cape Girardeau Area Housing Committee (formerly Housing Needs Committee) was developed as a result of a community-wide assessment conducted by the Area Wide United Way in 1999. Housing was one of four priority issues identified by this assessment.

Who Is Involved?

The committee is made up of members who represent city government, the business community, social service providers and other interested citizens with housing concerns.

What Is the Purpose?

The purpose of the committee is to develop a community housing plan for the City of Cape Girardeau that will identify priority housing needs and to motivate agencies, organizations and community members to address those needs, and to create a community awareness of available housing resources.

Hard Work and Commitment Brings Results

  • The committee has been successful in building a community-wide collaboration around the housing issue. More than 45 community leaders have been involved in the committee over a six-year period.
  • On behalf of the committee, the United Way contracted with Liz Hagar-Mace, of Hagar-Mace Consultants of Jefferson City, to conduct a housing needs assessment. A comprehensive analysis and report of the housing needs in Cape Girardeau was the result.
  • The committee has identified three areas of concern and sub-committees have been created and convened. There has been extensive discussion to address each of these issues and strategies have been devised to find solutions to the problems identified. The three areas are:
    1. Emergency Shelter
    2. Transitional Housing
    3. Permanent/Sub-standard Housing
  • The Housing Committee partners with the Missouri State Department of Mental Health and serves as the East Central Regional Meeting, and through this effort, contributes to the State Continuum of Care Plan for Housing.
  • The Housing Committee now serves as the implementer of the Community Plan as part of the Family Issues Priority Issue Council. This is a result of the Community Assessment completed by Community Caring Council and United Way of Southeast Missouri in 2004 which also indicated that housing is still a priority issue for our community.