Additional Disaster Housing Recovery Updates – April 26, 2021

The NLIHC-led Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition convenes and supports disaster-impacted communities to ensure that federal disaster recovery efforts reach all impacted households, including the lowest-income and most marginalized people who are often the hardest-hit by disasters and have the fewest resources to recover. Learn more about the DHRC’s policy recommendations here.  

Upcoming Events

Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico’s Virtual Housing is a Right Convening will be held on April 29-30. The convening is a space to share knowledge, experience, and hopes regarding the financialization of housing and the protection of homes as a human right. The convening will bring together the voices of organizations, groups, and advocates for housing against financial institutions in times of disasters and social and racial inequality. Learn more and register here!


Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico released a new foreclosure risk detection tool, a digital platform that allows people to identify their level of risk for losing their home and connect to counseling agencies, legal services, and other resources.


NBC and Covering Climate Now address the colliding crises of homelessness and climate disasters in the United States. At a time of rising homelessness in the U.S. and as climate-related disasters become more common, it is an unchangeable truth that the most marginalized are hit first and hardest by the climate crisis. The article highlights the impacts of last year’s devastating derecho on the homeless population in Cedar Rapids.

Winter Storms

FEMA extended the deadline for Texans to apply for winter storm assistance to May 20, 2021. Additional information on local resources can be found at: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ winter storm resources page, the City of Fort Worth’s winter storm assistance program, and FEMA’s website.

The deadline for Oklahoma residents in the 16 counties designated for Individual Assistance following the February winter storms to register for disaster assistance with FEMA has been extended to May 25.