A Disaster in the Making – Vulnerability of Low-Income Communities

The full title of this thoughtful, 22 page report from the Center for American Press is A Disaster in the making;Addressing the Vulnerability of Low-Income Communities to Extreme Weather. A salient quote from the report is:

One of the primary reasons that low-income people are disproportionately affected by extreme weather is due to the quality of their housing. Shoddy construction and the age of affordable housing — in  generally in less than desirable neighborhoods that lack quality services and are supported by suboptimal infrastructure – puts low income people at greater risk from the effects of extreme weather.

The chapters address: underlying effects of poverty; the impact of poor-quality housing, environmental factors, economic stability, improve resiliency and recovery in low-income communities.

The report also covers some of the housing problems uncovered by Superstorm Sandy.

Here is another article, this one from the National Journal.

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One Response to A Disaster in the Making – Vulnerability of Low-Income Communities

  1. Ryan Alaniz says:

    Great article. As always, thanks for posting!

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