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Spotlight on Disaster Recovery 

Disaster recovery and preparedness continue to be a great need for communities spanning the country as catastrophic storms continue to impact the lives of millions. CDFIs and other intermediaries play a key role in supporting communities left in crisis after disaster; we invest capital in infrastructure and recovery efforts to help communities recover from tragic events while also making them more resilient against future storms. Intermediaries also serve a critical function by building collaborative partnerships to help spur recovery efforts, which often rely on the joint efforts of several stakeholders due to scale. As the frequency and unpredictability of disasters grows, it’s imperative that these cross-sector partnerships be nimble to aid in the recovery the many types of communities across America. In this Spotlight on Disaster Recovery we’ve compiled resources highlighting the work of disaster recovery organizations and how they are supporting communities, as well as examples of partnerships and collaborations that have formed in response to disaster.

Read the Letter from the Editor for additional information.

Letter from the Editor

 

 

In Practice

The LISC Institute spoke with Houston Habitat for Humanity about their work in partnership with LISC Houston on The Harvey Home Repair Collaborative.

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Learn more about LISC's investments in disaster relief and recovery in this reflection by the Executive Vice President, Denise Scott. 

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Next City, a partner in #CoveringClimateNow, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story, offers insight into how communities in New England are cultivating green infrastructure to address multiple challenges that come with climate change. 

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Groundwork USA share more of the work of The Climate Safe Neighborhoods partnership and explores the relationship between historical race-based housing segregation and the impacts of climate change. 

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What we're reading

This NPR investigation has found that across the country, White Americans and those with more wealth often receive more federal dollars after a disaster than do people of color and those with less wealth.

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This article by Sojourners advocates for greater investment in the environmental justice movement for Black and Brown communities who are further marginalized during the disaster recovery process. 

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In this piece Center for American Progress connects the impact of climate change on the affordable housing crises and homelessness.

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Last year, Urban Institute released this piece arguing for the data collection and data linking improvement between agencies to better ensure recovery aid is equitably distributed. 

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Resources, trainings and webinars

Resilience in a Box Resource Guide is based on best practices designed to help educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience

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Listen to a reply of one of our Community Wise podcasts on Disaster Recovery and our CEO's reflection on LISC's role in it. 

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One of the APA Foundation's key initiatives is to help disaster-devastated communities. Peruse the APA's webinars on demand, podcasts and resources on disaster preparedness, recovery and mitigation. 

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