Community Leaders Dialogue on Improving Home Buyouts
***If you prefer to answer these questions verbally instead of in writing, please call 857.998.7913 and leave a message with your name and phone number.***

Thank you for your interest in sharing your firsthand experience receiving, or trying to receive, a government buyout for your home because of flood or fire damage. This form helps the organizers learn who is interested in participating in this conversation so we can put together a meaningful dialogue. The group will meet three times between July and October 2022 (dates will be finalized after the participants are confirmed). Each meeting will be 2-3 hours long and will be held remotely over Zoom. Each person will be compensated equally for their time and expertise. The total amount available for compensation is $20,000, and we expect the group to be 20-25 people, so each person will receive between $800 and $1,000.

The group members will review, critique, and improve upon ideas that some government buyout program managers have been developing since December 2021. After you and the other community members review and add to the ideas, the final product will be shared with everyone who participated, and with interested officials at FEMA, HUD, and other federal, state, and local programs that administer government buyouts after disasters.  

Please respond to all 12 of the questions in this application. You will hear back within a week. If you have any questions, please reach out to Shameika Hanson or Carri Hulet

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1. Full name *
1a. Phone and email address
2. Please describe your personal experience with home buyouts due to flooding or fires.  (Please answer in 1 or 2 short paragraphs.) *
3. Why are you interested in joining this conversation? What do you hope to contribute? What do you hope to gain? (Please answer in 1 or 2 short paragraphs.) *
4. What is the name of the community where your house was (or is, if you have not yet been bought out)? Please include the city/town and state. *
5. How would you describe the neighborhood where your buyout happened (or could happen if you haven't been bought out yet)? *
6. How would you describe the environment or landscape of the neighborhood? *
7. How would you describe the financial wealth of most people in the community? *
8. Do you think most of the people in the community/neighborhood rent or own their homes? *
7. How would you describe the racial composition of the neighborhood/community? *
8. What is your best guess at the political ideology of most people in the community/neighborhood? *
9. What is your age? *
10. What is your gender? *
11. What is your race? *
12. Do you have any additional comments and/or questions?
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