Resilience & Energy Assessment of Housing and Communities (REACH)

Affordable Housing and Flood Risk Throughout the Region: A Density Analysis of Flood Risk and Social Vulnerability

This report evaluates the flood risk exposure of subsidized (assisted) multi-family housing and non-subsidized affordable housing which includes apartments, single-family homes, and mobile homes in the seven counties in the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition.

Resilient Housing Tools and Resources

The TBRPC in partnership with the Florida Housing Coalition, the University of Florida Shimberg Center has created new programs and tools to support housing resilience and affordability goals. These new resources include a new flood hazard mapper, databases, and multiple guides to integrate resilience planning and affordable housing planning. The resources are designed to support Planning, Community Development, Floodplain managers, and Housing professional.

REACH Housing Affordability and Resiliency Conference

On May 6th, 2022, the TBRPC hosted the REACH conference with leading housing experts and dynamic panels. At the conference, participants learned about the following:
  • New regional flood risk assessment of assisted and unassisted affordable housing and hotspots
  • Local initiatives to increase housing construction including land-use policy changes to support missing middle, Countywide collaboration, locally derived housing trust funds
  • Best practices for integrating resilience and housing planning, funding and finance strategies
  • Panel with innovative developers
  • Programs that are addressing energy burden and increase sustainability

Resilience and Energy Assessment of Communities and Housing

Many homes throughout the region and especially those in low and moderate-income neighborhoods are at risk from extreme weather, flooding, storm surge and future sea level rise. The region also faces a severe shortage of affordable and attainable housing, and many options such as mobile homes and older structures are not resilient.

Some local governments are beginning to conduct community vulnerability assessments, however, the region lacks a common framework, consistent metrics, standardized data and technical resources to fully assess risks to housing. Resiliency, neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing priorities should be integrated and addressed together.

On January 7, 2020, The JPMorgan Chase Foundation awarded $500,000 to the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council to implement a new initiative called the Resilience and Energy Assessment of Communities and Housing (REACH) that supports the Regional Resilience Coalition and member governments.

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