San Juan, PR -- Federal/Commonwealth recovery officials advised that more than $1 million in disaster assistance has been approved to help Puerto Rico residents and businesses since the presidential disaster declaration on May 16, following the May floods and mudslides that occurred between May 6 and May 11.
While still on the path to recovery, following is a brief description of the recovery efforts performed to date by FEMA, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and other federal and voluntary agencies:
FEMA Disaster Housing
More than $1 million in aid has been approved under the FEMA Disaster Housing Program for disaster rental assistance and minimal repair grants. To date, the total aid approved in the nine designated municipalities are:
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FEMA disaster assistance covers basic needs only and is not intended to fully compensate individuals for their entire loss.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Low-interest SBA loans may be available to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes to cover real estate and personal property damage that is not fully compensated by insurance or other sources. SBA has approved a total of $66,600 in disaster related loans.
- The American Red Cross (ARC) has opened 614 cases to date; made 1,409 outreach contacts; 1,325 mental health contacts; and has served 40,024 snacks to date. The ARC hotline has received 545 calls.
FEMA/ Commonwealth Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs)
The DRCs continue offering services to assist individuals affected by the May floods. The centers have been set up to provide information about disaster assistance programs.
The DRCs operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and are located at:
- Multi-Service Center
(former Senior Citizens' Center)
65 Infantry Street (Intersection Encarnación)
- Raquel Quiñones Public Library
11 José Julián Acosta Street (next to Catholic church)
San Germán, PR
- #7 Barbosa Street
The Mobile Recovery Centers are located at:
- Mariano Tito Rodr?guez Coliseum (May 31 to June 6; closed Sunday, June 3)
Road 3116 (former industrial area, behind the Jardines de Guánica Public Housing complex)
- Dr. Rosendo Mart?nez Center (June 4 to June 6)
Rd.135 Km. 76.8, Barrio Yahuecas
The representatives at the mobile DRCs are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For those residents who do not have phone service, there are phones available at the DRCs to call the FEMA toll-free registration line, 1-800-462-9029. Hearing and speech impaired individuals may call TTY at 1-800-462-7585.