The Rise of Low-Income Housing in Floodplains Areas Contributes Makes These Frontline Communities Especially Vulnerable
Putting under-privileged people in high-risk areas is a recipe for disaster.
May 26, 2021Updated 8 days ago
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One research study by the KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering showed that lower-income people are more likely to live in areas that are prone to flooding. When that happens, they often do not have the resources to repair their homes
Additionally, many do not have the means to prepare for flooding before it happens or to pay for secondary housing in the event of evacution. The refrain of, "if it's flooding, just move", does not take into account individual's financial means or support systems in other locations that could make moving impossible.
In at least one instance in Austin, Texas, the trend of low-income families living in flood-prone areas came as a result of a shift in housing developments. Many floodplains areas were specifically developed for multi-family housing and mobile homes in the period between 1990–2000, making them especially attractive to low-income communities
Taken together with the fact that more FEMA aid does not often prioritize low-income areas, this means that frontline communities are often hit harder and take longer to recover.
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The growth of low-income population in floodplains: A case study of Austin, TX
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