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  99.040.  Creating a housing authority — need of, how determined. — 1.  In each city (as herein defined) and in each county of the state there is hereby created a municipal corporation to be known as the "Housing Authority" of the city or county; provided, however, that such authority shall not transact any business or exercise its powers hereunder until or unless the governing body of the city or the county, as the case may be, by resolution or other declaration shall determine at any time hereafter that there is need for an authority to function in such city or county.  The determination as to whether or not there is such need for an authority to function may be made by the governing body upon the filing of a petition signed by fifty taxpayers of the city or county, as the case may be, asserting that there is need for an authority to function in such city or county and requesting that the governing body so declare.

  2.  The governing body shall determine that there is need for a housing authority in the city or county, as the case may be, if it shall find that insanitary or unsafe inhabited dwelling accommodations exist in such city or county or that there is a shortage of safe or sanitary dwelling accommodations in such city or county available to persons of low income at rentals they can afford.  In determining whether dwelling accommodations are unsafe or insanitary said governing body may take into consideration the degree of overcrowding, the percentage of land coverage, the light, air, space and access available to the inhabitants of such dwelling accommodations, the size and arrangement of the rooms, the sanitary facilities, and the extent to which conditions exist in such buildings which endanger life or property by fire or other causes.

  3.  In any suit, action or proceeding involving the validity or enforcement of or relating to any contract of the authority, the authority shall be conclusively deemed to have become established and authorized to transact business and exercise its powers hereunder upon proof of the adoption of a resolution or other declaration by the governing body declaring the need for the authority.  Such resolutions or other declaration shall be deemed sufficient if it declares that there is such need for an authority and finds in substantially the foregoing terms (no further detail being necessary) that either or both of the above enumerated conditions exist in the city or county, as the case may be.  A copy of such resolution or other declaration duly certified by the clerk shall be admissible in evidence in any suit, action or proceeding.

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(RSMo 1939 § 7856)

(1989) Public housing authorities are statutory municipal corporations and exercise only governmental functions which are subject to governmental immunity.  Privately owned rental property enrolled in rental assistance program is not "public property" and was not within statutory exception to government immunity. (Mo. App.) Tyler v. Housing Auth. of Kansas City, 781 S.W.2d 110.


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