Philanthropic Investment in Shelter and Security

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Philanthropic Investment in Shelter and Security

There is an overwhelming consensus in the field of research that there is a connection between climate change and housing security, with climate change being the causative agent of homelessness and housing problems. Climate change-related impacts, including tropical cyclones, flooding, extreme heat, landslides, coastal erosion, and storm surges are damaging housing of the urban poor and act as a multiplier of poor housing vulnerabilities.

Climate Change Causes Housing Insecurity

  • Forbes also reported that climate change is causing housing problems and is increasing homelessness. In a 2018 report published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, it was clear that homelessness in the US increased by 2% between 2017 and 2018 due to climate change.

Housing Insecurity Exacerbates Exposure to Climate Change

Climate Change Exacerbates the Risks of Homelessness

  • NRDC had also reported that Hurricane Harvey exacerbated the issue of homelessness since more than 2,000 housing units across Texas were destroyed. At least one in 6 families who receive assistance from the Houston Housing Authority reported that their homes had been destroyed.
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