This week, as people across the United States look forward to a day of giving thanks, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is highlighting a small number of stories of impact and expressing our gratitude to a small subset of our partners and donors who have made the work we do possible.
Impact Partner: Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP)
Hurricane Florence inundated North Carolina and South Carolina with torrential rain for days. The storm and the resultant flooding caused a significant impact on the agricultural industry causing at least $24 billion in economic losses.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy distributed $1.7 million from the CDP Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund to 10 nonprofits working in the aftermath of Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
One of those was the Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP), a nonprofit law firm in North Carolina that received a $50,000 grant to help small or marginalized Black homeowners, landowners and farmers in 13 counties reduce their disaster assistance inequality by providing legal guidance and services to navigate land ownership issues after the hurricane. LLPP also used the grant to address disparities in disaster assistance programs for small scale Black farmers.
Savonala “Savi” Horne, LLPP’s executive director, noted, “It was farsighted and progressive for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to fund a legal nonprofit to do this work. When you have disasters, if you don’t have access to legal services and lawyers that understand farmers, it’s going to take people even longer to get back on their feet in these disaster zones. These were well-spent resources that ought to be uplifted by the people who funded and made the grant possible.”
Thank you, Savi and LLPP, for the work you are doing to help those impacted by Atlantic Hurricanes and to all of the donors who have supported the CDP Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund. You have made a significant impact.