Equitable Disaster Recovery

All Texas families should be able to fully recover from disasters, and all communities should be protected from future disasters. The communities that are most vulnerable to and hardest hit by disasters are too often less affluent communities and communities of color that have fewer resources to recover and have not received equal investment in basic infrastructure and public services. Texas Appleseed works to ensure that all Texans have equitable access to disaster recovery and protection from natural and man-made disasters. Texas Appleseed has worked on disaster recovery issues since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Team Members


Madison Sloan

Disaster Recovery & Fair Housing Project

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Meg Duffy

Senior Policy Analyst,
Disaster Recovery & Fair Housing Project

Key Statistics

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FEMA found only 42% of households eligible for aid after Hurricane Harvey. Households with more than $120,000 in income had higher eligibility rates and received more money in assistance than households with $30,000 or less in income.

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$150 Million

As a result of our Complaint and Conciliation Agreement against the state over federal funding for Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, $150 million additional dollars benefitted low- and moderate-income Texans.