Free Assistance Support Teams (FAST) for Small Jurisdictions

  • A mixed-use center for town and gown
    <strong>Storrs Center</strong> <em>Mansfield, CT</em>

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  • A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods
    <strong>Ponce City Market</strong> <em>Atlanta, GA</em>

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  • From parking lot to urban tour-de-force
    <strong>UCLA Weyburn</strong>&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles, California</em>

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  • Historic arcade houses young professionals
    <strong>Microlofts at The Arcade Providence</strong>&nbsp;<em>Providence, Rhode Island</em>

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  • Mercado District | Tucson, Arizona
    A timeless place from the ground up. #thisiscnu

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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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  • Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area
    <strong>Village of Providence</strong> <em>Huntsville, AL</em>

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  • Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Trumpeting a cultural revival
    <strong>Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market</strong>&nbsp; <em>New Orleans, Louisiana</em>

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Small cities and counties, with populations under 20,000 people, have been catastrophically impacted by Hurricane Harvey’s high winds, flooding, and tornados, but do not have access to the same resources as larger cities like Houston. Over 200 of these communities have received a federal declaration, yet barely have the capacity and necessary resources to build back, much less the expertise to build for a more resilient future. Immediate assistance is needed in these small communities to assess damages and develop plans that will inform the longer term recovery process.

CNU is joining Strong Towns and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in supporting Collaborative Communities' efforts to deploy Free Assistance Support Teams (FAST) to communities affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. 

Through the FAST program, municipal governments will receive free assistance to ensure they have the necessary tools and information to adequately navigate the FEMA Project Worksheet. For more detailed information about the Free Assistance Support Team Program, please contact Kristen Dunphey; kdunphey@cnu.org.

Please consider volunteering your time and expertise or making a financial contribution to ensure that small cities and towns impacted by Hurricane Harvey have the opportunity to rebuild for a more resilient, sustainable, and vibrant future. Please Note: All donations will go directly to support FAST program efforts, minus a 3% credit card transaction fee. 

 


Holiday Lakes, Texas on April 3, 2017 (left) and August 30, 2017 (right) after Hurricane Harvey. 
Photo credit: 2017 Digitalglobe via EPA