The San Juan Daily Star
PR & USVI public housing chiefs, HUD official visit San Juan residential complex
Island Public Housing Administrator Alejandro Salgado Colón, right, along with housing officials from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Virgin Islands, visited the Ernesto Ramos Antonini public housing complex in San Juan on Monday.
By THE STAR STAFF
Island Public Housing Administrator Alejandro Salgado Colón received a visit Monday from Robert Graham, the executive director of the U.S. Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA), and Antonio Córdova, the director of the Office of Public Housing of HUD Caribbean, in which Salgado Colón discussed his agency’s work in favor of the development of Puerto Rican communities and the well-being of its residents.
As part of the meeting, Salgado Colón and the officials visited the Ernesto Ramos Antonini public housing complex in San Juan and the non-profit organization Boys & Girls Club, which is located in the residential complex, to see firsthand the services that children, youth and adults are receiving.
“The purpose of this visit is to share the good initiatives we are developing in our public housing complexes, as well as experiences and success stories, with our peers in HIVA, with a focus on collaborating in the development of programs and services for the residents of the Virgin Islands,” Salgado Colón said. “It motivates us to continue working to achieve more success stories, so that the projects of the Public Housing Administration can become references for other jurisdictions and the Caribbean.”
During the visit, the officials participated in a rehearsal of the play “Frontera,” written by Ernesto Ramos Antonini community leader Orlando Merced, which has a cast composed entirely of members of various public residences in Puerto Rico and intends to highlight the importance of recognizing values that are essential to the human experience and coexistence among neighbors.
They also visited the facilities of the Boys & Girls Club of Puerto Rico and Vimenti, a project that is distinguished by its different programs and services offered to residents of public housing, to the community and in particular to the population of children and young people.