Greauxing Resilience at Home: A Regional Vision

Louisiana is one of the hardest-hit areas in the United States as extreme weather events and regular flooding become more frequent and intense.1 These challenges often fall “first and worst” on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color or “BIPOC” and low-income communities.2 This is especially true in the U.S. Gulf Coast region and the state of Louisiana.

Over time, these challenges are being exacerbated by population increases and transitions as climate and non-climate drivers (e.g., people moving out of urban centers into more rural areas) influence where people choose — or are able — to live.

In southeast Louisiana, resilient, affordable housing initiatives are critical to ensuring equitable adaptation that takes into consideration the myriad overlapping challenges facing all Louisianans, but especially those living in communities that have long borne a disproportionate burden of risk.

Over a two-year period between fall 2020 and spring 2022, Capital Region Planning Commission and Georgetown Climate Center partnered with dozens of people from government, private, and nonprofit sectors and community stakeholders in Region Seven of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative located in southeast Louisiana.3 The result of that partnership effort is Greauxing Resilience at Home: A Regional Vision4 (Regional Vision), a resource to inform Region Seven’s ongoing work to increase community resilience by promoting affordable housing and nature-based solutions.

Regional and local governments in Region Seven can use the Regional Vision to identify potential legal, planning, and policy tools and projects to increase the affordability and availability of housing and the use of nature-based solutions. In addition, the Regional Vision offers insights for policymakers across Louisiana, throughout the Gulf Coast region, and nationally.

Publication Date: June 16, 2022

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