After Hurricane Dolly, the response by the area non-profits and local, state and federal governments failed to meet the overwhelming, long-term housing needs of our low-income residents. It quickly became evident that a Statewide Natural Disaster Plan was required to proactively meet these immediate needs prior to future disasters.

Project partners (CDCB, bcWorkshop, LUPE, ARISE and Texas A&M University) and experts began the demonstration project in early January, 2014. In addition to the building of 20 houses, the project partners and technical advisors meet every month to discuss and reflect on project progress and applicable policy implication. The areas of discussion are organized into Outreach, Case Management, Design and Construction, and Policy.
We are committed to deliver a new and locally informed response to major natural disasters by engaging and advocating with local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as the local business community to adopt the lessons and strategies learned during the Rapido Demonstration Project.


Disaster Recovery Housing


NMLS ID 272420
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Community Development Corporation of Brownsville
901 E. Levee St. Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 541-4955


RAPIDO pilot program utilizes and test a temporary-to-permanent housing strategy that deploys a CORE temporary housing unit to a family’s property. Through collaboration with the family, trained designers, architects and local contractors, the unit is expanded and customized to meet each family’s needs.