HUD, the Census Bureau, and FEMA released on September 6, new American Housing Survey (AHS) data that reveals disaster preparedness disparities between renters and homeowners. According to a media release from HUD, the new survey data show that “renters are three times more likely [than homeowners] to need financial assistance to evacuate during a major disaster.” Approximately 39% of AHS renter respondents indicated that they would not be able to cover the cost of evacuation expenses in a disaster – an estimated cost of $2,000. In contrast, 88% of homeowner households would have access to $2,000 in an emergency.
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