Commonwealth Allocates $20 Million to Repair Homes
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi announced the allocation of $20 million from the American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds to restore the roofs of houses with blue tarps that were devastated by Hurricane María in September of 2017.
As part of the second phase of a project to conduct the repairs, the commonwealth projects substantial progress to help communities and residents who are still reeling from the devastation of the hurricane.
The program, spearheaded by the Office for Socioeconomic and Community Development (ODSEC), will provide resources to bring homes up to building codes, address electrical or plumbing issues, improve energy efficiency, and perform other home repairs that eliminate health and safety hazards.
“We have sought agility and efficiency in the reconstruction of Puerto Rico. My mission has been to use every penny we have of federal funds and invest them as soon as possible in our Island. Four years have passed since Hurricane María, and the people already want to see the reconstruction work. In my government, we have been able to accelerate processes, cut bureaucratic steps, conduct public auctions and, above all, attend to hundreds of homes that still had blue tarps,” the governor said during a press conference in La Fortaleza.