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GRI Founding Director Stephen Flynn in News@Northeastern: Meet the ‘Secret Weapon’ that Helps Distribute Money during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted damage throughout the U.S. To guide the flow of emergency funding for the people and businesses in New England that need the most help, the federal government has turned to Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute, known as GRI. “GRI is our secret weapon,” says Jim McPherson, the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force Leader for Region 1 of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “They’re doing a service to our country.”
GRI White Paper Series: House Insecurity in New England
Housing is a necessity, a choice, a financial investment, and a human right. For many communities, their housing supply, affordability, and quality are the invisible infrastructure that supports growth, vitality, sustainability, inclusion and resilience. Solutions to housing issues must be examined within the overall community economic ecosystem so that underlying interdependent factors affecting housing choice, availability, and affordability are also addressed. Effective solutions to housing cannot JUST be about better, different, or more abundant housing if housing is to support a resilient post-pandemic recovery of New England’s economy.
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GRI Founding Director Stephen Flynn in News@Northeastern: Here’s Why the U.S. Military Can’t Be Asked to Distribute a COVID-19 Vaccine
When a COVID-19 vaccine is ready, President Donald Trump has said, the U.S. military will deliver doses throughout the country at a rate of “200,000 a day.”But that plan fails to account for military limitations as well as the impact of the pandemic, says Stephen Flynn, founding director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern, who served as a national security and Homeland Security advisor to four presidential administrations on both sides of the aisle. “It’s not going to work well,” Flynn says of relying on the military to dispense a vaccine. “And here’s why: There is a last-mile problem.”
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