When You Can't Go Home: The Gulf Coast 10 Years After Katrina

When You Can't Go Home: The Gulf Coast 10 Years After Katrina

A decade after Hurricane Katrina pummeled the U.S. Gulf Coast, thousands of the estimated 1.5 million people who evacuated have yet to return, an issue brief from the finds. According to the brief, (10 pages, PDF), 40 percent of those who fled have been unable to return to their homes, with low-income families disproportionately affected, in part because they lacked the financial resources to withstand even the most temporary setback. Low-income residents' efforts to return also have been frustrated by the loss of wage-based jobs and affordable housing. Moreover, with the number of extreme weather events on the rise, "climate displacement" is likely to increase, the brief argues, which will place an even greater burden on government to either help the displaced return home or provide housing, education, and medical assistance in cities to which evacuees are displaced.