Just and Equitable Disaster Housing Recovery for Low Income Survivors and Their Communities

NLIHC and DHRC Mark One-Year Anniversary of 2017 Hurricanes, Commit to Continued Disaster Housing Recovery Advocacy

August 25, 2018 marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey making landfall in Texas. Harvey was the first of three major hurricanes to hit in rapid succession in 2017, impacting Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The disaster housing recovery and rebuilding is far from over – in many ways, it is just beginning.

Thousands of low income disaster survivors remain in temporary hotels, tens of thousands are still displaced, and millions have badly damaged homes. Today, the aftermath of Hurricane Lane’s torrential rains is being assessed in the Hawaiian Islands, fires burn across the west, and the worst of hurricane season gets underway.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is recommitting to the years of disaster housing recovery work ahead – in those communities already impacted by recent hurricanes and wildfires, and wherever the next major disaster strikes.

Despite the tremendous obstacles to the housing recovery of the lowest income people, NLIHC and its partners have accomplished so much together over the last year.

  • Within days of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, NLIHC reached out to members, partners and allies in impacted communities and across the country, and together they formed the ever-growing Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC) of over 700 state, local and national partners.
  • Many of you have been part of this effort from the beginning and others have joined along the way.
  • We are united in our understanding that without strong and sustained advocacy the housing needs of low income survivors and their communities are often ignored, and in our commitment to ensure that the housing recovery is equitable, just and complete.

Since those early days, the DHRC has worked continuously to ensure an equitable housing recovery for people with the lowest incomes.

By building a robust coalition of advocates and organizations with direct experience and working through strong state partners, the DHRC has engaged policymakers at every stage of the federal housing response, educating members of Congress and the administration, as well as the general public, on the housing recovery needs of low income survivors.

Please take a moment to look at this overview of the DHRC’s work over the last year – while not comprehensive, it is filled with examples of the work we have done together.

None of this work would have been possible without the powerful commitment to recovery from NLIHC’s longtime partners like Texas Housers, Texas Homeless Network and Florida Housing Coalition, to newer partners in Puerto Rico like Fundación Fondo de Acceso a la Justicia, Ayuda Legal Huracán María, and Coalición de Coaliciones, to hundreds of national allies.

The JPB Foundation’s generous support made building, facilitating and activating this powerful coalition possible.

Congressional Reception

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