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

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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

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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