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PR stands to receive $7 billion for public housing from infrastructure package


U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced over the weekend that if the funds for public housing are approved in the federal “Build Back Better” infrastructure bill passed by Congress in a 228-206 vote Friday, Puerto Rico can receive up to $7 billion to rebuild and rehabilitate the island’s public housing units.


The senator said Puerto Rico is the second jurisdiction in the United States with the largest number of public housing developments. The city that Schumer represents is the first.


“For public housing, in the ‘Build Back Better’ bill there is $65 billion designated, of which $40 billion would be for New York and $7 billion for Puerto Rico, as it is the second jurisdiction in the United States with the largest amount of public housing,” Schumer said. “When the law for public housing was created, it was a beautiful law, because people were placed in a public residence that was good, they could afford it and it was kept in good condition. But for decades, as not enough has been invested, neither by the federal government nor by the state government, nor by the municipal governments, public housing units have been deteriorating.”


Schumer noted that Puerto Rico has more public residential complexes than the cities of Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia combined.


The senator’s statements were made during a visit to Residencial San Patricio in the municipality of Loíza.

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