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The Rising Tide of Renters – A Vulnerable Population

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Author: Gary Scronce, Director of Preparedness Programs, IEM

This article was originally published in the IAEM Bulletin, Vol. 34, No. 6 June 2017.

 

I’m sure most people do not think of renters as an especially vulnerable population, from an emergency management or any other perspective. However, south Louisiana’s (particularly the New Orleans area’s) recovery from Hurricane Katrina, and now the state of Louisiana’s recovery from the 2016 floods, makes it clear that without particular attention to renters who have been affected, recovery of the entire community moves along more slowly. Prior studies have documented that “disasters tend to disproportionately damage rental and low-income housing, which also tends to be rebuilt more slowly,…[1]”. It is an issue that has become more prominent in the recent past and may be a trend we continue to observe into the near future. As emergency planners and managers, we need to take this population into account in our work. (more…)