As Florida’s philanthropy network steps up to begin repairing and rebuilding homes after Ian, we have important choices to make about where investments are directed and how they are used. Ian has hit a housing sector that was already severely in crisis, and those hit hardest are typically the least able to make change. There has never been a more urgent need to make housing resilient --not just against the next disaster, but against drivers of financial, social, and racial inequities that prevent everyone, everywhere from living in a safe, resilient home.
In this webinar, Build Change will share their holistic approach across areas of policy, finance, and technology, both in post-disaster settings and for disaster prevention, and discuss how this approach can be applied in Florida. Drawing on 20 years of developing and implementing resilient housing programs globally, our speakers will help us understand the link between resilient housing and racial equity, affordability and homeless crisis and provide attendees with tools and resources they can use to impact the needs in the areas they serve.
Lizzie Blaisdell Collins, P.E., S.E., LEED AP is the Vice President of Engineering for Build Change. Lizzie leads Build Change's engineering, design and technology team globally, with a focus on improving existing housing, addressing gaps in the construction value chain and leveraging technology for scale. She is a registered engineer in California and New Jersey with over 16 years experience in evaluating and designing housing and other buildings for disaster-prone regions in the US and internationally. With Lizzie's technical leadership, Build Change has developed seven reference documents for disaster-resistant housing construction or retrofit that have been adopted or endorsed at the national level in five countries.
Lily Khambata is the Major Gifts Officer for Build Change. In this role, she supports individual donors and foundations to drive long-term systems change that can prevent disasters, save lives, and promote greater equity. Formerly, she developed partnerships and supported program development for rebuilding homes and schools immediately after major disasters in Ecuador, Peru, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Dominica. Lily holds an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, and a BA in Hispanic Studies from University College London.
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