Sign your organization on to a letter to members of Congress telling them to enact a robust disaster relief bill as soon as possible that includes basic safeguards and housing resources to help low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, people experiencing homelessness, and other vulnerable populations recover and rebuild after the 2017 hurricanes and wildfires. The deadline to sign the letter is today, February 5 by COB.
The letter calls on Congress to: amend the House-approved disaster relief bill to stand up the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP), a proven solution to the longer term housing needs of low income disaster survivors; to require the administration to collect and make public data to ensure that the recovery reaches all households; and to provide sufficient housing resources to ensure the severe shortage of affordable rental homes in disaster-impacted communities is not worsened. Further delay in providing these critical resources and safeguards will only make it more difficult for low income survivors to fully recover. Click here to view the sign-on letter and here to sign the letter. NLIHC leads the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC), a broad coalition of national, state, and local organizations that calls on Congress, FEMA, and HUD to ensure that the federal response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the California wildfires is complete and equitable for everyone - especially families and individuals with the lowest incomes who are often the hardest hit by natural disasters and have the fewest resources to recover afterwards. In addition to signing the letter, please consider joining your organization to the DHRC. For more information on this letter or on the DHRC, contact NLIHC Disaster Housing Recovery Coordinator Debra Susie at: firstname.lastname@example.org