Gentrification Displaces Domestic Violence Survivors in Puerto Rico
When looking for short-term accommodations on Puerto Rico’s northern coast, in the town of Manatí, for example, 45 alternatives come up on the Airbnb platform. Clasificados Online shows only seven properties for long-term rental and two ads seeking affordable rent that accepts subsidized housing vouchers. When a survivor arrives at an emergency shelter, an individualized plan is created for her outlining the services she needs to stabilize her life after a traumatic experience of violence. Once she receives the services and her life is, under the circumstances, more normalized, the process of identifying housing begins. That’s how the survivor’s independence and self-sufficiency is developed.