Vagrancy and the absence of reasonable housing are now at emergency levels in the United States, yet outrageous weather occasions, fueled by climate change, take steps to compound these issues. A new Center for the American Progress report, “A Perfect Storm: Extreme Weather as an Affordable Housing Crisis Multiplier,” clarifies how climate change is intensifying the moderate housing emergency and lays out solutions for building strong, healthy, fair, accessible, and affordable communities that are resilient to existing and future climate impacts.
The report approaches policymakers to all the while address climate change and housing issues, which would save money and lives while improving the health and livelihood of communities the country over. It would likewise address the national deficiency of 7 million reasonable and accessible rental homes for very low-income renters, an issue that disproportionately influences communities of color and disabled individuals.
The report traces five key suggestions to help mitigate the issue:
- Bolster impartial departure and disaster recuperation for all survivors of natural disasters
- Grow investments in government rental and homeless assistance programs
- Prioritize fair housing policies and just community development
- Invest in infrastructure that is worked to last, including by improving the design and resilience of new and existing infrastructure
- Increment funding for disaster relief and climate change adaptation procedures
“Previous attempts to address the devastating impacts of natural disasters have failed to consider the intertwined threats of more extreme weather due to climate change and the lack of affordable housing,” said Guillermo Ortiz, co-author of the report and research assistant for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress. “It is important for policymakers across all levels of government to be diligent in building more resilient and prepared communities.”