Housing and Urban Development Climate Change Adaptation Plan
The Department is committed to identifying threats and adapting policies and investments to help communities to better prepare for and respond to the effects of climate change, including rebuilding after natural disasters. As a result of this work, HUD and its partners are helping to protect lives and livelihoods, promote equitable and sustainable development, and more responsibly invest limited fiscal resources. In doing this, HUD is saving taxpayer dollars by ensuring preventative measures are taken to reduce future disaster response and recovery costs. HUD is working to manage the effects of climate change on its mission, programs, and operations by:
- Engaging experts inside and outside of the Department to better understand the risks and impacts of climate change.
- Working with grantees to help reduce the vulnerability of local communities to climate change.
- Ensuring that the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations are not only considered, but improved, as a result of these activities.
- Consulting with all levels of government (state, local, tribal, and territorial) to identify and remove policy, programmatic, and other barriers to resilient investments and respond to the needs of communities impacted by climate change.
- Enforcing and implementing relevant civil rights statutes and environmental justice policies as they pertain to climate change.