Hundreds of homes on St. John were partially or completely demolished by Hurricanes Irma and Maria - the Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates up to 74% of low and middle income residential structures on the island were damaged. Although there has been a tremendous amount of federal aid and public assistance dispersed to residents throughout the Territory, navigating these complicated systems is an arduous and difficult process for the most vulnerable of St. John's residents.
The Resilient Housing Initiative (RHI) allows us to bridge the gap between the available federal resources for fixed income residents and the reality of construction costs in the Territory. For those who have received little to no public assistance, RHI is their only option. We have 4 full crews of construction professionals addressing the rebuilds that would otherwise never get funded.
RHI is, for many St. John residents, the only path to full recovery. In addition to returning permanent residents to stable, disaster-resistant homes, these rebuilds help alleviate a post-storm housing crisis that has occurred on St. John. Many displaced homeowners are living in secondary units that, traditionally, are rented out. Moving them back into their homes opens up much needed rental inventory, drives down skyrocketing prices, and provides peace of mind for those still without a home.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).