A recent episode of the podcast Power Station, a platform for nonprofit leaders to discuss how they build communities and advocate for policy change, featured Enterprise Vice President for Public Policy Marion McFadden and National Low Income Housing Coalition Senior Director of Policy Sarah Mickelson discussing Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the broader role of the federal government in disaster recovery. McFadden explained how Enterprise, in partnership with other organizations and stakeholders, has been emphasizing the importance of mitigation for protecting investments in recovery from future risk, as well as advocating for strengthening and permanently authorizing HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program to avoid significant delays in the arrival of critical recovery funds. McFadden and Mickelson also urged the federal government not to shift responsibility for long-term recovery onto states and local jurisdictions, noting that many hurricane survivors evacuated their homes in Puerto Rico and resettled in over 40 states nationwide – a fact which emphasizes the importance of federal assistance in helping natural disaster survivors rebuild their lives. Listen to the podcast to learn more about Enterprise’s disaster recovery work in Puerto Rico.

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