Disaster Legal Aid for Communities in Puerto Rico

by Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico
Disaster Legal Aid for Communities in Puerto Rico
Disaster Legal Aid for Communities in Puerto Rico
Disaster Legal Aid for Communities in Puerto Rico
Disaster Legal Aid for Communities in Puerto Rico
Disaster Legal Aid for Communities in Puerto Rico
Disaster Legal Aid for Communities in Puerto Rico
Disaster Legal Aid for Communities in Puerto Rico
Disaster Legal Aid for Communities in Puerto Rico
Aug 23, 2021

An advocacy roadmap to guide us

As we enter the peak of the hurricane season, we strengthen our efforts to accompany survivors and highlight their unmet needs. The progress of housing recovery is devastatingly slow. Today, less than 130 houses have been rebuilt and 1200 hundred repaired with CDBG-DR funds. In a universe of 27,000 applicants - 20,100 active as per the local housing agencies- the small scale of governmental response regarding the major hurricanes of 2017 is shocking. At the same time, the well-being of families affected by several disasters receives less attention as days, months, and years pass. They are at risk of being forgotten.

At Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico we continue promoting legal empowerment as a response to invisibility. Accompanying survivors permits us to understand that although their precarity rises - by the loss of safe housing, unemployment, increased poverty, and inequality, the impact of other disasters- their needs remain constant. Asks for housing and alternatives to displacement are their main asks.

Legal empowerment goes beyond traditional aid and asks how to change a system that promotes such inequality. The experience of these families informs our advocacy roadmap, one that acknowledges and sees them, while demanding the government to ensure equitable and agile access to recovery funds, zero forced displacements, and real participation. This is a guide forward.

Throughout this project, we aim to continue this accompaniment and to achieve transformation. We know we can win together. Today, we want to invite you to stay tuned to our website - ayudalegalpuertorico.org/publicaciones - and read the latest report, Towards a Just Recovery (Third Report), to be published this Thursday 26, 2021. Learn more about the work you are supporting. Continue accompanying us. 

 

En solidaridad,

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Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico

Location: San Juan - Puerto Rico
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Ariadna Godreau
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