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The impact of housing vulnerability on climate disaster recovery: the 2022 Northern Rivers floods

Housing assistance Regional planning Extreme weather events Floods Disaster resilience New South Wales

The 2022 flooding events in the Northern Rivers worsened an already strained housing system. In addition to thousands of homes rendered uninhabitable from the flooding, the events exposed the high levels of ‘housing vulnerability’ in the region - with shortages of low-cost options on the private rental market and inadequate levels of social, affordable, and temporary/transitional housing.

This project examines the extent to which existing constraints in the housing system have hindered the flood recovery process. Specifically, it examines the:

  1. ongoing housing support needed during the medium-term recovery period for parts of the community in vulnerable housing situations, and
  2. characteristics needed for any ‘new normal’ housing system that the recovery process works towards, to minimise the disruptions of future climate disasters.
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