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Puerto Rico Governor Details How $1.5 Billion in Federal Hurricane Relief Aid Will Be Used

SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s governor has released a plan that outlines how his administration will use $1.5 billion in federal funds to help the U.S. commonwealth recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Ricardo Rossello said today that at least $817 million will go to rebuilding single-family homes, and another $45 million to help with mortgage payments.

He said $36 million will be used to develop renewable energy projects for homes, $12.5 million to build homes for the homeless and domestic violence victims and another $15 million to promote the island as a tourism destination to help revive the economy.

The funds were awarded through the Community Development Block Grant program.

Hurricane Maria hit the island as a Category 4 storm and caused more than an estimated $100 billion in damage.

 

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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