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HUD Community Resilience Toolkit

Lessons Learned

These coastal, inland, urban, and rural areas depict examples of actions communities can take to increase their resilience to climate-related natural hazards. Explore the actions to generate ideas on how to increase your community's resilience:

  • Elevating structures reduces the impacts of sea level rise and coastal storms.
  • Elevating utilities or other mechanical devices reduces the impacts of sea level rise and coastal storms.
  • Rain barrels are a supplemental water source for onsite irrigation in drought and non-drought conditions.
  • Cool roofs decrease indoor building temperatures and reduce cooling costs.
  • Green roofs decrease roof temperatures by providing shade and removing heat from the air.
  • Setbacks limit development in areas at-risk of erosion, landslides, or flooding.
  • Fire-resistant roofing and building materials help structures withstand wildfires.
  • Living shorelines use structural and organic materials such as wetland plants, aquatic vegetation, and oyster reefs to reduce erosion, manage water flow, stabilize steep slopes, and trap sediment.
  • Drought-tolerant plant species reduce dependence on irrigation.
  • Permeable pavement allows rain and snowmelt to seep through the surface to mitigate both drought and flooding.
  • Bank stabilization, including the use of natural vegetation, reduces erosion.
  • Vegetative buffers around streams and channels absorb and manage stormwater runoff.
  • Defensible zones around buildings – clear of vegetation, debris, and other combustible materials – slow the spread of wildfire.


The HUD Community Resilience Toolkit is a user-friendly guide to help recipients of HUD Community Planning and Development (CPD) funds identify opportunities to use their CPD dollars to mitigate the impacts of natural related hazards. The toolkit is divided into 6 separate sections, each related to a specific natural hazard. Each section provides an overview of the natural hazard as well as suggestions for different mitigation techniques that are eligible under different CPD programs. Additionally, the toolkit has a financing section with other funding opportunities for resilience projects. The toolkit also includes a helpful infographic highlighting how different natural hazard risks can affect communities and what a resilient community could look like. The toolkit is easy to use and will help recipients of CPD funds learn how current and future natural hazard risks may impact their community and actions they can take to reduce those risks.

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14 May 2024 - 10:02am