This project is a volunteer rebuilding program constructing and repairing homes for survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. We purchase building materials, tools, and basic supplies for volunteers who construct roofs, walls, and hurricane-safe fixtures for individuals who cannot afford repairs on their own. We give priority to older people living on low, fixed incomes who do not have property insurance and did not receive enough assistance after the storms.
The US Virgin Islands was devastated by two Category 5 hurricanes in September, 2017. Many of the low-income seniors on St. Croix could not afford insurance on their fixed incomes, and did not receive sufficient government assistance to repair their homes. These elderly individuals are currently living in severely damaged homes, some still covered with temporary tarps. They face another hurricane season and are at risk of additional damages and worse, if not assisted.
This project will provide building materials and supplies for volunteers to repair or rebuild homes of low income seniors in St. Croix and give them safe and sanitary living conditions. Without the assistance, they are unlikely to be able to recover.
The project returns this vulnerable population to safer homes that will better be able to withstand future hurricane threats, affording them a greater sense of security and well-being.