POLITICO: "How FEMA Helps White and Rich Americans Escape Floods"

Senior Fellow Leonard Shabman shares his two cents with POLITICO and E&E News in an investigative story about systemic inequality in FEMA flood adaptation measures.

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May 27, 2022

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FEMA’s own reports show that people with federal flood insurance have nearly twice the income as people without it. In flood-prone states such as Louisiana and Texas, the disparity is even greater.

“Very few low-income people buy flood insurance,” said Leonard Shabman, a senior fellow at Resources for the Future who chaired a congressionally mandated committee that studied the affordability of flood insurance.

“In many parts of the country, low-income people are not property owners, they are renters. So right away you begin to see where this is going,” Shabman added.

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