Climate Change Resilience

The Office of Economic Development leads the Department's efforts to prepare for the impact of climate change on HUD's mission, programs, and operations. This includes providing support for greater capacity in and utilization of resilient approaches to community development at the local, regional, and state levels.

This work is part of HUD's Strategic Objective 4C ("Disaster Resilience"). You can track the Department's progress to meet this objective at

OER provides support to the following Resilience Initiatives:

Rebuild by Design
HUD launched Rebuild by Design (RBD) in June 2013 to respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. RBD is a design competition that brought civic leaders, local communities, and world class designers together to generate implementable resilience solutions for areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. This robust, interdisciplinary process yielded ten groundbreaking designs to enhance resilience throughout the Northeast region, seven of which are currently being implemented. RBD established a new model for designing for resilience in the U.S. and served as the framework for the National Disaster Resilience Competition.
National Disaster Resilience Competition
The National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) was collaboration between HUD and the Rockefeller Foundation that competitively awarded nearly $1 billion in HUD Disaster Recovery funds to eligible communities in two-phase process. The competition helped communities recover from prior disasters and improve their ability to withstand and recover more quickly from future disasters, hazards, and shocks.
Climate Change Adaptation Plan
HUD created a department-wide Climate Change Adaptation Plan as part of the Obama Administration's objective to ensure preparedness in the face of more extreme weather events and climate-related risks.
Community Resilience Portal
HUD created the Community Resilience Portal to provide a catalogue of resources that local planners could use to help plan and prepare for changing natural hazards when undertaking HUD-funded activities. HUD's annual programs fund the construction and maintenance of infrastructure and housing in communities across the country. In addition, Congress has appropriated over $45 billion to HUD since 2000 to fund disaster recovery activities. These investments can and should be built to last by relying on evidence-based approaches that take into account our best understanding of future risk. Doing so will increase the resilience of communities to natural hazards, such as tropical storms, tornadoes, and wildfire.
Environmental Justice
In 1994, President Clinton issued Executive Order 12898 to require all federal agencies to make achieving environmental justice a part of each agency's mission and address any disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority populations and low-income populations resulting from agency programs, policies, and activities. HUD published its first Departmental Environmental Justice Strategy in 2012 to address environmental justice (EJ) concerns and increase access to environmental benefits through HUD programs in accordance with this Executive Order. OER participates in the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice and is currently leading efforts to engage the public in the process of updating the Departmental EJ Strategy. In addition to coordinating the EJ Strategy update process, OER contributes to HUD's EJ goals through the Office's portfolio of climate resilience, energy efficiency, and place-based work.

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