In 2020, wildfires burned about 17,700 structures in the US. Wildfire damage increases every year and contributes to housing shortages across the country. During the pandemic, states like California and Oregon invested state and federal emergency funds to convert hotels into permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness. States most affected by extreme weather are reworking this same model to house residents who have lost their homes to wildfires, and unhoused people living in fire-prone areas. “In one single investment, you can add emergency shelter and also address the root cause of long-term lack of affordable housing,” says Megan Loeb, program officer at Oregon Community Foundation.
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