Fall is officially here. With the changing of the colors and the crisp cool air, we are reminded of the comfort and warmth we have in our hearth and home. We are thankful to have an abode to call our own and pray for the disaster recovery of many households throughout our state.
For the third year in a row, California has experienced deadly fires fueled by drought, dry vegetation and extreme winds. Thousands of homes have been lost and hundreds of lives were taken, exposing millions of us to unhealthy air.
Due to these pre-existing conditions, we must study and explore “climate resilience” in the provision of affordable housing. What does this all mean?
There was a great article in the New York Times recently that confirms renters of low-income housing face much greater challenges than other higher-income renters in response to weather-related events.
What does climate resilience mean for affordable housing? Simply put, it means that the housing sector must be poised to remain functional during times of disaster and recover quickly after a wildfire, hurricane, flood or other climate-related disasters.
Cabrillo currently is developing strategies for bolstering climate resilience in the housing sector, including developing and training staff on emergency preparedness planning from a regional level down to our residential property level. We will be exploring new design and building standards for our properties to adjust to our new normal. And lastly, we will work with affordable housing lenders and insurance industry to manage climate risks while still achieving the high-quality standards for which Cabrillo is known.
As we launch into the New Year, we also will be engaged in writing our next Strategic Plan and will be hosting community meetings to solicit YOUR input. There is more to come on that effort, so please stay tuned. Our Board of Directors will make the announcements for the community visioning sessions in your area.
May we depend on you to contribute to this visioning effort?
We thank all of our investors, funders, donors and benefactors for your continued support and commitment to our Mission. Without your donation, we could not accomplish what we continue to do every day. Thank you is not enough to express our appreciation. Together we have accomplished almost 40 years of BUILDING COMMUNITY!
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