Seizing the Opportunity for Equitable and Inclusive Redevelopment: Galveston’s Trials After Hurricane Ike Offer Lessons for Other Communities
This report focuses on Galveston, Texas, and the redevelopment of affordable public housing units following Hurricane Ike in September 2008. Nearly 10 years later, many low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and affordable homes that once existed have not been rebuilt or replaced. The result is a community that is less economically diverse and likely to face serious workforce challenges in the coming years as it seeks to compete in one of the fastest-growing regions of the nation. While this report is about Hurricane Ike, Hurricane Harvey has given the story of Galveston’s redevelopment new relevance. The lessons learned can serve to inform individuals and communities recovering from natural disasters across the U.S.