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Responding when disaster hits
As we publish today’s issue, Hurricane Harvey has dumped up to 50 inches of rain in Houston and parts of south Texas, causing catastrophic flooding. Forecasters have predicted that the record-high flood levels will only get worse. Thousands of people have been forced out of their homes as they seek higher ground and some are stranded. The road back for any community following a disaster of this magnitude is arduous. The work of the three NeighborWorks groups in Houston—Avenue, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corp. and Tejano Center for Community Concerns—will be even more important in the coming weeks. NeighborWorks America and its network have a tradition of serving communities hard hit by disaster—helping them to rebuild, prepare for future emergencies and engage residents in the process. In this issue, we take a look at how members of the NeighborWorks network work in their communities to weather the storm during a disaster.
RAPIDO is model for disaster-recovery housing
Disaster recovery long has been a challenge in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Six years after Hurricane Dolly hit the valley in 2008, residents were still waiting for assistance—many of whom were among the poorest in the country. NeighborWorks network member Community Development Corp. of Brownsville developed the Rapid Disaster Recovery Housing Program (RAPIDO) to help families recover quickly.
Homes and financial equity restored post Hurricane Sandy
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, many victims were forced to move to rental units and faced significant financial hardships. NeighborWorks group Affordable Housing Alliance was determined to respond to the extensive Hurricane Sandy-related needs of the community.
West Virginia group offers flood relief

When the worst flooding in five years hit West Virginia, network member Community Works stepped up to assure speedy home repairs or replacement for affected families in 12 counties. Read about the flood-relief project.

Collaboration creates safe, affordable housing after North Dakota flooding
After a flood destroyed thousands of homes in Minot, North Dakota, low-income residents were left with few housing options. NeighborWorks network member CommunityWorks North Dakota was anxious to ensure housing for its most vulnerable citizens.
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