With the Atlantic hurricane season well underway, the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) has published a Disaster Recovery Resources webpage at nahma.org. The resource page is located under the Members Only tab; however, it does not require a membership login.
NAHMA extends its thoughts and support to those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, as well as those who will be affected by the storms to come, such as Irma and Jose. To help make finding recovery assistance easier for affordable housing owners, managers and residents, the Disaster Recovery Resources webpage curates the various assistance programs available from the federal agencies that work with the affordable housing industry, namely the departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Agricultural (USDA), as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Small Business Administration (SBA) and IRS all in one place. The webpage will be updated as more information becomes available.
Hurricane season lasts from June 1 through Nov. 30, reaching its peak in mid-September. The storms are ranked on a scale of 1-5 based on wind speeds with 5 being the most intense. The U.S. has already seen one major storm, Harvey, make landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing with it untold damage and destruction, while three more—Katia, Irma and Jose—are already churning in the ocean. As of today, Irma is expected to make landfall in Florida over the weekend as at least a Category 4 hurricane. Jose is following Irma’s path, but it is still too far out into the Atlantic to know what, if any, affect it will have on the U.S. Katia is currently not expected to have a direct impact on the U.S. Before Harvey, a Category 3 or higher hurricane had not hit the U.S. since 2005.
NAHMA is the leading voice for affordable housing management, advocating on behalf of multifamily property managers and owners whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing. NAHMA supports legislative and regulatory policy that promotes the development and preservation of decent and safe affordable housing, is a vital resource for technical education and information and fosters strategic relations between government and industry. NAHMA’s membership represents 75 percent of the affordable housing industry, and includes its most distinguished multifamily owners and management companies. Visit www.nahma.org for more information.