Isolated and Misinformed: My Aftermath Regarding Coronavirus

The wind gusts coming from the northwest hits the trees outside. I hear my dog’s chain drag across the hallway, outside my door

The fan spins as I look at the light brown ceiling. I have been in this room for more than three days, locked up preventively for fear of infecting others. It’s a self-imposed quarantine in which I’m caught between misinformation and government contradictions. The clock ticks slowly, really slow.

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.