Recovery after Maria
When? For Whom?

September 20, 2020. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Devastated homes on Puerto Rico's western coast by hurricane Maria
Filantropía Puerto Rico (FiPR) convened a representative group of the organizations that have been actively working on managing the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Three years after the disaster, they reflected on the present state of things on the island, and on the actions needed to change direction towards just recovery that guarantees dignified living conditions and safe and healthy environments for the population.   

Urgent Proposals for a just recovery

There are dozens of proposals on the table.
These are a few of them. 

For the Federal Government:

Eliminate discriminatory barriers, only applicable to Puerto Rico, that make it harder to access recovery and mitigation funds; and provide viable alternatives to the refund payment mechanism.
Create an independent group of selected citizens, including representatives from the most vulnerable sectors of society, with the power to oversee and ensure that assigned funds are used with fiscal transparency, diligence and civic participation.

Eliminate

Eliminate discriminatory barriers, only applicable to Puerto Rico, that make it harder to access recovery and mitigation funds; and provide viable alternatives to the refund payment mechanism.

Create

Create an independent group of selected citizens, including representatives from the most vulnerable sectors of society, with the power to oversee and ensure that assigned funds are used with fiscal transparency, diligence and civic participation.

For the Government of Puerto Rico:

Define a coherent framework for action, with a clear vision focused on sustainable development and equity, that guides decision-making with sensibility towards the diversity of contexts, and in compliance with the present land use plan. 

Develop a single portal with relevant, accessible and updated data and information on all aspects of the recovery.

Prioritize risk and hazard mitigation over unnecessary displacements. Redesign programs focused on individuals so that they consider the  impact on communities.

Support local hiring by restructuring project scales so that local businesses and social organizations have a real opportunity to participate.

Protect people’s right to choose where they live and to remain in their communities. 

Integrate services in a coherent and accessible way, with clear, simple, and unduplicated application forms that are available on multiple platforms. Support and inform applicants throughout the process and educate the population about their rights.

Decentralise recovery fund management and ensure funds primarily benefit those affected. Design a product that provides financial credit to social organizations, so they can fund re