Modeling the Vulnerability of Mobile Home Parks to Disaster: A Longitudinal Study of Affordable Housing Loss After Hurricane Michael

Date: 1/1/19
Principal Researchers: Andrew Rumbach; Esther Sullivan; Carrie Makarewicz

Andrew Rumbach and Carrie Makarewicz, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, along with Esther Sullivan, Department of Sociology, have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the impact of Hurricane Michael on mobile home parks in northern Florida. The research team, which includes several graduate students from the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program, will map mobile home parks in
the counties most-impacted by Hurricane Michael and track their long-term recovery.

The grant is a supplemental to their ongoing study of mobile home park loss and recovery along the Gulf Coast of Texas after Hurricane Harvey. The research is a collaboration with the Department of Landscape Architecture and Planning at Texas A&M University and funded by the Humans, Disasters and the Built Environment program at NSF.