What Have We Learned about Housing Recovery After Disaster Strikes?

The 2017 and 2005 hurricane seasons have many similarities, so we are revisiting findings from evaluations we conducted after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to summarize what worked in housing people who lost homes in the storms.

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To Make Progress on Housing, Break Down Those Walls!

High-cost cities and counties face an array of serious housing challenges. One solution? Local government agencies should focus on breaking down barriers between different agencies and policy domains to achieve active collaboration.

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Can a Policy Innovation Help Families in Public Housing Build Assets and Increase Their Earnings?

Imagine if all recipients of federal rental assistance had access to a savings account that grew as their earnings grew. This shift could potentially lead to a range of benefits, including increased earnings; investments in education, homeownership and small businesses that materially enhance households' well-being; and improvements in mental health. Of course, we don't know for sure whether these outcomes would occur - like all significant policy changes, this policy innovation would need to be rigorously tested. But it's an idea that merits further exploration, especially since any increases in earnings induced by the policy change would generate increased rent revenue that could help offset program costs.

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