HUD Proposes “Resilience Standard” to Protect Communities and Taxpayer-Funded Investments from Flooding

hud-new-standardsIn the face of increased flooding risks and rising sea levels, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed elevation standards for all HUD-supported properties. For the first time in nearly 40 years, HUD is proposing properties seeking HUD assistance or FHA mortgage insurance would need to be elevated two feet over the site’s base flood elevation. “Critical” properties, such as hospitals, nursing homes and fire stations, would be even higher: three feet above base flood elevation.

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