As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas, an extensive disaster recovery is likely no longer an “if” but a “when.”
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Urban researchers recently studied a sample of 88 disasters from 2005 to 2015 to uncover patterns in recovery speed and administration.
Common sense and years of research suggest that community-based collaboratives are the best hope for helping at-risk youth. This report, drawn from evaluations of the Communities in Schools and SafeFuture initiatives, offers a wealth of hands-on advice and real-life examples to help program leaders overcome the challenges of setting up or running their own community-based initiative. Detailed chapters cover fund
Many families live on the financial edge, but a natural disaster can throw even better-situated families into financial turmoil. Comparing the financial outcomes of residents in areas hit by natural disasters with otherwise similar people in unaffected communities, this study finds that natural disasters lead to broad, and often substantial, negative impacts on financial health and that the effects persist or
Applying for government assistance after a disaster can be a complicated and confusing process.
Doing away with disaster assistance entirely is impractical and relying on it as the sole response to catastrophes is unfair. Some sort of modestly subsidized government catastrophic insurance would seem be a reasonable compromise between insurance mandates and disaster assistance strategies.
Nonprofit organizations are a crucial link in our nations emergency preparedness and disaster response efforts, but their role is not always well integrated into disaster planning. After both Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, nonprofits provided immediate and longer-term assistance to help people cope with devastating life changes and the emotional aftermath, but the importance of long-term services is not well
Disparities in wealth and power that exist before a storm can predict how households will fare after.
The extent of our nation's preparedness to address large-scale disasters will likely receive renewed attention around the anniversaries of Hurricane Katrina and the attacks of 9/11. This commentary recommends that disaster planning address not only the immediate and short-term responses to disaster, but also the longer-term social service needs of disaster victims, such as mental health services and case
America’s 44 million renter households are, in general, more vulnerable than America’s 78 million homeowner households to the income disruption that stay-at-home policies and mass layoffs will impose during the COVID-19 crisis. Accordingly, policymakers need to act now to create a national rental assistance program that will provide direct rental payments to renters, either in rental voucher form that cannot be
Martin Abravanel is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he has designed and directed various research and evaluation projects covering low-income housing programs; community development and revitalization programs; the fair housing law; and performance measurement—the latter including studies of customer satisfaction as well as national service. Abravanel chairs
Ananda Martin-Caughey is a research associate in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her research focuses on higher education and workforce development. Previously, Martin-Caughey was an associate at O-H Community Partners, a public interest consulting firm in Chicago, where she worked on projects related to urban development, homelessness, diversity and inclusion, and small business financing. Martin-Caughey graduated
The moments after a disaster are critical for determining who recovers and how.
Accelerating Opportunity (AO) combined integrated career pathways at two-year colleges with team teaching, acceleration strategies, supportive services, and policy changes. It aimed to help low-skilled adults earn occupational credentials, obtain well-paying jobs, and sustain rewarding careers. This final implementation report documents activities and outcomes for AO states and colleges in Illinois, Kansas,
The robustness of the response to Hurricane Maria will have deep repercussions for recovery of Puerto Rico's people, homes, and communities.
Inclusive environmental policies can ensure that all households have the opportunity to live on stable ground.
Last year’s slew of natural disasters revealed potential problems in the line of disaster data collection.
When damage falls below an eligibility threshold, households can be left behind by disaster recovery efforts.
Nearly four years after President Lyndon Johnson declared the War on Poverty, Martin Luther King called on poor people to come together and demand their economic rights. The campaign was simple, he explained, ‘‘as pure as a man needing an income to support his family.” So why does financial independence still remain out of reach for so many men, even 45 years later, and what can be done to change that? Today, over 15 million men between the
Disaster-affected households are more vulnerable to the pandemic’s impacts. Three strategies could help.