Housing Recovery Support Function

The Housing RSF works toward addressing disaster housing issues, focusing on solutions that are feasible, sustainable, and resilient. As states and communities look to the federal government for assistance in housing both disaster survivors and others who choose to live in recovering communities, the Housing RSF coordinates and effectively integrates available housing-related resources, addresses conflicting policy/program issues, and identifies gaps in service and assistance delivery.

Housing is one of six RSFs, established under the National Disaster Recovery Framework that support recovery efforts of states, local governments, tribes, and territories (SLTT) before, during and after disasters. The Housing RSF is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and consists of a National Coordinator and team at HUD Headquarters and leans on bureau and regional personnel to support disaster services.  

Mission Statement

The Housing RSF addresses pre- and post-disaster housing issues and coordinates and facilitates the delivery of federal resources and activities to assist local, state, and tribal governments in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of destroyed and damaged housing, whenever feasible, and development of other new accessible, permanent housing options. NDRF, 2016

Housing RSF Related to Disasters

Before a DisasterAfter a Disaster
Supports local planning, preparedness, education, training, and outreach efforts to enhance capabilities for long-term recovery. Recovery Needs Assessment (RNA) – Works with federal interagency and SLTT partners to develop a short summary of permanent housing challenges, needs, and findings to assess housing recovery options.
Supports and provides tools and resources for community housing development and rebuilding plans that include resiliency and mitigation efforts. For more information, see: https://www.hudexchange.info/Housing Impact Assessment – Provides baseline evaluation of pre-incident housing conditions and post incident impacts/damage levels. Using data analysis and stakeholder feedback, identifies key recovery considerations for SLTTs, renters, and homeowners, with extra focus on vulnerable populations.
Encourages and supports the development of SLTT disaster housing plans. Provides training, tools, and resources to HUD-assisted housing providers to assist in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery planning.Recovery Implementation Support – Working with communities to coordinate resources and remove barriers to rebuilding resilient, affordable housing, including housing for individuals with access and functional needs.
 Housing Strategy Development – Using the RNA and Housing Impact Assessment, identify potential recovery options for SLTTs, renters, and homeowners, with extra focus on vulnerable populations.

Coordinating Agency: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Primary Agencies: U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department ofHomeland Security (DHS)/FEMA, U.S. Department ofJustice (DOJ), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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