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.

Impossible to keep track of all recovery contracts granted by the Government of Puerto Rico

Although the government published the subcontracts of the COR3 after the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo inquiries, the amendments to the contracts and the agreements made with recovery funds through the other agencies still cannot be identified. Among the top 20 companies known so far, there are two companies hired by Trump for the construction of the southern wall.

Imposible seguirle la pista a todos los contratos de recuperación otorgados por el Gobierno de Puerto Rico

Aunque el Gobierno publicó las subcontrataciones del COR3 luego de los señalamientos del CPI, las enmiendas a los contratos y los acuerdos que se dan con fondos de recuperación desde las otras agencias siguen sin poderse identificar. Entre las principales 20 compañías conocidas hasta ahora, están dos empresas contratadas por Trump para el muro.