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From Risk to Resilience: Resources to Protect Affordable Housing from Natural Hazards

The Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC), is the research entity of HAI Group, an insurer exclusively serving public and affordable housing for more than 35 years. PAHRC’s work focuses on the impact that affordable homes bring to families and communities. In this guest blog, Kelly McElwain, PAHRC’s industry intelligence and research manager, explains how you can make your properties more resilient to natural hazards.

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Clogged dryer vent

Unveiling Hidden Dangers: The Fire Risks Lurking in Your Dryer and Bathroom Vents

Understanding fire risks and hazards associated with cleaning dryer and bathroom vents may not be at the top of your to-do list, but neglecting these often-overlooked areas can pose significant fire risks and hazards to your housing organization. 

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Town after a hurricane

NIMS Framework: A Lifeline for Public and Affordable Housing Emergency Readiness

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a comprehensive approach to effectively manage and coordinate emergency response efforts across different agencies and organizations during incidents and disasters

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Burning Issue: Understanding the Fire Risks of E-Bikes, Micromobility Products for Housing Agencies

The popularity and availability of micromobility products such as electric bikes (e-bikes), electric scooters (e-scooters), and hoverboards have drastically increased in the last several years. These modes of transportation are powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which can pose a severe fire hazard when damaged or charged improperly.

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6 Fire Safety Tips for Affordable Housing Organizations [Free Resources]

Not every structure fire can be prevented—there’s a reason nearly every town, no matter how small, has a dedicated career or volunteer fire department. But there are proven steps public and affordable housing organizations can take to reduce the risk of fires and ensure residents, visitors, and staff remain safe if a fire does occur.

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Fire Prevention Week: The Importance of Fire Safety Education in Low-Income Communities

Poverty conditions don’t invariably lead to more fires but do present certain risk factors that should be addressed on a community-by-community basis, according to a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research report published in 2021. The report cites several studies conducted over the last five decades that have made the connection between poverty and elevated fire risk.

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