Puerto Rico Rises plans to help 300 families to re-build their home after the damages caused by Hurricane Maria. More than 15 months after the disaster there are thousands of American citizens leaving in extreme conditions. Our program will supply the building material to families that do not qualify for financial help. We are also impacting the economy by helping citizens that lost their way of living because of the hurricanes by hiring them to perform some of the construction labor.
Based on the latest information by HUD, more than 300,000 houses were severely damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria. There are thousands of families that do not qualify for financial help from the Government or FEMA as they do not have documentation to prove the property ownership. A high percentage of them are elders or single mothers. According to several news reports, 61% of the more than 1 million requests received by (FEMA) were denied to received any financial help.
As our program required lesser documentation, we have managed to qualify 98% of the applicants to our program Con Tus Manos (With your Hands) that it is providing the construction materials needed and offering support with the labor from hundreds of volunteers and builders. By taking charge of their house reconstruction they are lowering the labor cost and making feasible the opportunity to return to a safe home. This participation also empower them to take action and be resilient.
By providing a safe haven and secure home for more than 300 families allows that more than 1,500 individuals can focus in finding a new job, return to school, starting their own business and/or taking care of their families and well-being. Several neighborhoods that were totally destroyed will received an impact in the economy by providing jobs and increasing the population with the rebuild of this houses. This will create stronger and resilient communities willing to work as a team.