The U.S. government spent $136 billion on disaster relief between 2011 and 2013—largely for repairing, restoring, and repaving existing community assets. But a few years ago, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development embarked upon a transformative effort to rethink the way those dollars are spent. Sharply shifting the focus from short-term fixes to long-term recovery, HUD has set out to ensure that communities take innovative actions to address future risks—in the process, torpedoing tried-and-true grant templates, outreach activities, and government silos.
Pictured: HUD Secretary Julian Castro at an event in Norfolk, Virginia. Image credit: HUD