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Housing: $184 million in federal disaster recovery funds target island’s south

Puerto Rico Housing Secretary William Rodríguez Rodríguez

By The Star Staff

Housing Secretary William Rodríguez Rodríguez announced a new federal allocation of $184 million by the island Housing Department to continue the process of recovery from natural disasters.

The new allocation will help with the reconstruction of the southern region of Puerto Rico after the earthquakes that struck the island in early 2020.

“Without a doubt, this new assignment shows the commitment of the federal government to the island, the trust in our administration and the good management of funds that have already been assigned to Puerto Rico,” Rodríguez said in a written statement. “We are grateful to the federal government and the direction established by Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi to continue the reconstruction of the island.”

The agency is now waiting for notification from the Federal Register detailing the instructions on the use of the allocated funds.

Rodríguez added that “the federal government will remove all restrictions on access to recovery funds allocated to Puerto Rico after hurricanes Irma and Maria.”

“We have worked hard and today we welcome this much needed new assignment for our people,” the Housing chief said, also thanking Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón “for all her work in the search for more funds for the island.”

Over the past few days Rodríguez had attended several meetings in the U.S. capital, while participating with the governor and other officials at the “Puerto Rico Energy Forum” to present part of the plans for the transformation of the island electrical system.

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