RELEASE: How Federal Policies Make It Harder for Houston’s Communities of Color and Low-Income Families to Return Home

Washington, D.C. — As the Houston area looks to rebound after Hurricane Harvey, a new column from the Center for American Progress shows how some federal policies can make the road to recovery tougher for communities of color and residents who live paycheck-to-paycheck. The column explains how the Trump administration threatens vital programs to get people back on their feet and prevent the worst damage from future storms.

Some families struggling to recover from Harvey and prevent damage from future storms will rely on programs that the Trump administration wishes to cut or eliminate entirely, the column says. And many of the most supportive Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) programs are only available to those who can provide the required documentation. That could leave as many as 575,000 undocumented Houstonians without resources for long-term recovery.

Read the column: “A Tale of Two Recoveries: How Federal Policies Make It Harder for Communities of Color and Low-Income Families to Return Home,” by Danielle Baussan and Miranda Peterson.

For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, contact Sam Hananel at shananel@americanprogress.org or 202-478-6327.