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Following Hurricane Harvey, Abt Helps Houston Build Fair Housing Into Its Recovery


  • In 2017, Hurricane Harvey resulted in major flooding in the Houston metropolitan area.
  • During its recovery, Houston saw an opportunity to advance fair housing strategies.
  • Abt provides technical assistance to promote equity as the city rebuilds and recovers.
The Challenge

Hurricane Harvey set records for rainfall in the Houston area, flooding more than 100,000 homes and displacing at least 30,000 people.

The Approach

Following Hurricane Harvey, HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity contracted with Abt Associates to help the city of Houston achieve its vision of integrating equity and fair housing strategies into its disaster recovery planning. Abt is coordinating our technical assistance with Enterprise Community Partners. Our work includes advising the city’s government on using data to identify areas for investment, as well as devising recovery strategies that will promote equity and address historically persistent fair housing barriers.

The Results

This work is underway. Over the long-term, Abt will work with city officials to update its analysis of impediments to fair housing choice. We’re also working to ensure that the resulting strategies carry forward into the city’s plans for the use of federal affordable housing and community development block grants, as well as other planning documents.