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HUD Is Falling Down on Disaster Resilience and Equity

Our federal agencies need to do better.

Providing affordable housing and protecting people from future disasters do not have to be options to choose from. A federal agency ought to be able to do both.

See this NPR story: “The Federal Government Sells Flood-Prone Homes To Often Unsuspecting Buyers, NPR Finds.”

When you know that the mission of HUD includes “providing safe, affordable housing,” it is doubly disappointing to learn that they are selling homes in flood zones and sometimes not disclosing that fact to buyers.

Even if they do disclose it, telling potential buyers that they live within a 100-year flood zone will in most cases give people a false sense of security. With climate change now revealing itself across the nation, we do not need to be facilitating people with little means digging themselves into a future flood hole.

No, no, no, giving people cheap housing that endangers them physically and fiscally is not the right thing to do!
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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