Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced H.R. 5337, the Disaster Assistance Equity Act, one month following the seventh anniversary of Superstorm Sandy’s landfall, the impact of which is still felt by communities in New York and along the East Coast.
“In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, thousands of Americans were shocked to learn that they could not restore their co-ops and condos to a livable condition because their common areas were not eligible for disaster assistance,” said Congressman Nadler. “Seven years later, hundreds of thousands of Americans across the nation have come to face that same realization in the wake of natural disasters. A natural disaster doesn’t care what type of home you live in, and FEMA should treat all homeowners fairly when helping them rebuild. I’m proud to introduce the Disaster Assistance Equity Act, a critical bill that will ensure every American can rebuild their home and their lives in the aftermath of natural disasters.”
CAI has advocated for years that the Federal Emergency Management Agency expand access to disaster relief to community associations, and believes all Americans, regardless of their form of housing, have the right to benefit from the agency’s response, recovery, and mitigation resources. The bill is not only for coastal communities hit by hurricanes but also interior states that experience mudslides, wildfires, earthquakes and tornadoes.
“We are delighted to see bipartisan support for this important policy issue that corrects the inequity of the system for the 73.5 million people living in condominiums, housing cooperatives, and homeowners associations,” says Thomas M. Skiba, CAE, CAI’s chief executive officer.
Read more about how CAI is advocating for disaster response and recovery at www.caionline.org/FEMA.
Become a community association advocate for disaster relief at https://p2a.co/DisasterAct.
Source: Community Associations Institute