The Alternative Housing Pilot Program (AHPP) is a one-time, four-year pilot to identify and evaluate better ways to house disaster survivors. It resulted from a $400 million Congressional appropriation in 2006 and is identified as a key program in FEMA's National Disaster Housing Strategy. Designed as a grant program to address housing needs, five of the 29 AHPP projects submitted were awarded to four states.
Each project and managing agency explores a different solution to locally acceptable transitional and permanent disaster housing. Common among the projects is an element of Gulf Coast recovery since all projects must ensure that individuals continuing to receive housing assistance from the 2005 hurricane season are given first priority for occupancy. Vital to the success of the program is evaluation and integration of lessons learned.
To evaluate the success of the units and each project's impact on individual recovery, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is performing building and social science research for FEMA under an interagency agreement. Once completed, HUD will present their findings to Congress and FEMA.
The AHPP program increases the range of federal disaster housing options. Each project demonstrates a significant number of units that differ from standard FEMA solutions. At the conclusion of the program, AHPP initiatives will yield worthy alternatives for consideration by FEMA's Joint Housing Solutions Group (JHSG) and Congress.