Organizaciones sin fines de lucro corrigen deficiencias de Tu Hogar Renace

Las reparaciones realizadas por los contratistas del programa Tu Hogar Renace, implantado por el Departamento de la Vivienda (DV), fueron tan deficientes que varias organizaciones sin fines de lucro en muchos casos han tenido que rehacer los trabajos, invirtiendo en estas obras el dinero que debió ir a ayudar a más familias. Al menos una decena de organizaciones denunciaron al Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI) cómo tuvieron que invertir más dinero en reparar, principalmente, los sellados de techos, los cuales tuvieron en muchos casos que remover para hacerlos de nuevo. En el sector Miraflores, en Orocovis, hubo hogares en los que los contratistas de Tu Hogar Renace “no pusieron anclajes” o donde usaron “madera podrida que tuvo que cambiarse”, aseguró la directora ejecutiva de la organización sin fines de lucro Proyecto Matria, Amarilis Pagán. Los residentes de estas viviendas afectadas no recuerdan el nombre de los contratistas. Jiménez.

Nonprofit organizations prompt to correct deficiencies in Puerto Rico’s recovery housing program

Repairs done by contractors of the Tu Hogar Renace program, implemented by the Puerto Rican Department of Housing after Hurricane María for emergency repairs jobs were so deficient that several nonprofit organizations in many cases had to redo the work, investing in that the money that should have gone to help other necessities, and more families. At least a dozen organizations voiced their concerns to the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI in Spanish) about how they had to invest more money in repairing, mainly, roof sealing work, which in many cases had to be removed and redone. In the Miraflores sector in Orocovis, there were homes in which Tu Hogar Renace contractors “did not install roof anchors” or where they used “rotten wood that had to be changed,” said the Executive Director of nonprofit organization Matria Project, Amárilis Pagán-Jiménez. The residents of those homes could not remember the name of those contractors. “Last year, part of what we had to do was follow-up on some of the repairs of Tu Hogar Renace and do them right,” Pagán-Jiménez said about the organization’s initiative that has succeeded in repairing 20 homes.

Hacen públicos nuevos protocolos para hospitales en caso de desastres

A horas del paso de la tormenta Dorian por Puerto Rico, el Departamento de Salud (DS) reveló los nuevos protocolos que serán implementados en los hospitales en caso de desastres naturales, para evitar la pérdida de vidas que ocurrió luego del huracán María. Tras una petición del Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI), la agencia entregó este miércoles el Plan Operacional de Manejo de Emergencias del DS que está vigente y que contiene los nuevos protocolos. Sin embargo, al igual que los planes anteriores, el plan firmado por el secretario de Salud, Rafael Rodríguez Mercado en mayo de 2019, no está disponible en la página de internet de la agencia. El mismo plan establece que debe ser publicado en la página web del Departamento, por lo que durante los pasados tres meses, el DS ha estado en incumplimiento. Por tanto, hoy como ayer la ciudadanía desconoce el plan de respuesta a emergencias de salud que se supone que se siga.

Economic development scarce for P.R.’s micro and small entrepreneurs

“To avoid a headache,” Wilfredo Cubero hired a professional authorized by the Permit Management Office (PMO) to get the Use Permit for his business Piu Bello Gelato, located in Plaza del Sol mall in Bayamón. His biggest setback at the moment is that he still does not have the sanitary license required for all food businesses, because a Health Department inspector has yet to visit his place to do the mandatory inspection. Cubero submitted the application for the sanitary license on Oct. 23, 2018 and it was not until five months later that a Health Department inspector reached out to him for the inspection. At that time, the inspection could not be done because the area where the business is located in the shopping center was closed for remodeling.

HUD’s Inspector General is Auditing Part of the Disaster Funds for Puerto Rico

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of the Inspector General (HUD’s OIG) confirmed it is auditing the Community Development Block Grant–Disaster Recovery (CDBG–DR) Program funds granted to Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and María. HUD Spokesman Darryl Madden told the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, for its initials in Spanish) that he could not offer more details because the process has just begun. Puerto Rico Housing Department Secretary, Fernando Gil-Enseñat, told the CPI that the audit began March 6 and it will oversee regular CDBG funds, as well as CDBG-DR funds. Housing Department Spokeswoman Leticia Jover, said so far, “about $1 billion in CDBG-DR funds have been alloted and they are in the competitive process,” or requests for proposals (RFP). No disbursements of CDBG-DR funds have been made yet for the different programs established in the Action Plan, she said.