Historically underinvested communities across urban and rural America are facing enormous economic challenges from the fallout of COVID-19. Small businesses, many who have had to shut down temporarily, are at serious risk of closing permanently. These enterprises are the lifeblood of communities, providing critical goods and services as well as jobs to locals. To ensure that economic recovery is inclusive in the COVID-19 era, we created the LISC Commercial District Recovery Guide to support the trusted partners that neighborhood businesses turn to in challenging times.
This guide from Enterprise Community Partners offers practical guidance for the construction of housing that can withstand the impacts of future disasters, including strategies to make buildings themselves stronger and less vulnerable to storms’ impacts, as well as retrofits to improve habitability when homes lose power for extended periods.
LISC Institute had the pleasure of speaking with Allison Hay, Executive Director of Houston Habitat for Humanity, one of the women executives leading efforts with The Harvey Home Repair Collaborative. Allison shared more on how she and her colleagues have been able engage in a more intentional rebuild process by conjoining their respective expertise for the Houston community.