December 2017   Volume 43, Number 12      


National Flood Insurance Program Might Not Be Able to Fulfill Obligations to Homeowners

The Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan analysis for the U.S. Congress, crunched the numbers on the National Flood Insurance Program again, calculating the average cost to families.

According to the first CBO report, the program has an expected one year shortfall of $1.4 billion. The new report took it a step further and included the median premium for a policy on a primary single-family home.

The program is designed to help lessen the impact of flooding on private and public structures. “It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations,” FEMA’s website states.

For most policies included in the analysis, the CBO found the actual premium was between 0.45 percent and 1.70 percent of the median household income for single-family households within the same census tract. The median remained at 0.75 percent. Broken up further, approximately 8 percent of the premiums were less than 0.35 percent of the relevant median household income, 14 percent of premiums were above 2 percent of that income, and 6 percent of premiums were above 3 percent of that income.

The updated numbers on premium costs to homeowners demonstrate that the NFIP might not even be able to fulfill its financial obligations to flood victims given that the NFIP is already drained from the growing costs of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

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