The Program to Deal with Housing Needs in Puerto Rico after Hurricane María Lingers in a Limbo

María Pérez-Ramos never imagined that the land ceded by the former mayor of Canovanas, José “Chemo” Soto, in the San Isidro community 19 years ago, was flood-prone. Had she known, she would not have accepted it, she said. Now, all she wants is to move to a safe place where she doesn’t have to be afraid when hurricane season arrives in the summer. “This is no life,” said Pérez-Ramos, who requested aid from the Housing Department’s Repair, Reconstruction and Relocation (R3) Program immediately after they open for applications, hoping to be relocated. Four months after applying, she still doesn’t know which of the three types of assistance she will get from the program that closed its application process in December.

En el limbo programa que atendería las viviendas afectadas por el huracán María en Puerto Rico

La Gobernadora asegura que la prioridad del programa R3 es la reconstrucción y la reparación de viviendas, pero este representa una amenaza de desplazamientos al impedir la construcción en zonas inundables y no ofrecer como opción reducir los riesgos en las comunidades, porque los fondos federales para ello no han llegado. Dos años y medio después del desastre, el principal programa de recuperación de viviendas no ha reubicado a nadie.