Housing is central to community and individual well-being. The type and location of a home can affect almost every aspect of a person’s life.
Natural disasters, public health emergencies, and other crises can wreak havoc on the nation’s housing system.
States should simplify estate planning. This includes allowing the use of electronic wills or trusts to govern the distribution of property at death.
Travel should be safe, including during declared public health crises. During such times, travel providers should be required to put in place and publicize safety protocols.
One indicator of sensible fiscal practices is maintaining balance between spending and revenues. Occasional deficits may be necessary.
In addition to setting standards with respect to the minimum wage, overtime, and other factors affecting worker pay, the federal government also sets standards for workplace health and safety.
Policymakers must ensure worker safety, particularly during public health emergencies.
Federal, state, and local policymakers should plan for and mitigate potential natural hazards.
Federal, state, and local governments should engage in post-disaster recovery efforts that reach all populations, including older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers.
Policymakers should take steps to foster housing stability during declared emergencies. Among the temporary measures they should consider are: