WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - For-sale signs don't seem to last long just about anywhere in Kansas, especially in middle-class homes, Part of the problem is big gaps in the state's housing stock, but a group appointed by the governor is hoping to fix it.

"We looked at both things that we should be doing maybe at the state level and things that local communities and counties could also be doing," said Amy Haase.

Haase is in charge of the Kansas Housing Needs Assessment Tour, the first comprehensive study of our state's housing needs in three decades.

It turns out, there's a lot.

 

"We're really having a lack of moderate-income housing, which means that a lot of individuals are all competing for kind of the same product types or the same units, and thus needing a little bit more of diversity in our housing stock," said Haase.

She said a lack of proper housing is one of the state's biggest barriers to growth and development, and one of the most neglected areas is the middle class.

A big part of the problem is that the state's housing stock has been focused only where the biggest profits are – high-priced homes and low-income housing, leaving everything in-between hung out to dry.

Another big problem is construction shortages.

"Just slower building activity, demand that's greater than what we're seeing construction being able to keep up with," said Haase.

Once the study is done, Haase said it will give state and local leaders like Ryan Shrack, a powerful tool to make improvements that specific areas need the most.

"It's been a long time since the state's done one. And so it was really good to come and learn more about really what the feedback was from them during the listening sessions, and what we can do at the local level to promote positive housing in our community," said Shrack, Valley Center's Development Director.