Adrian Todman, Undersecretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD, for its acronym in English), pledged to ensure that federal regulations do not continue to delay the recovery of hurricane-affected homes from Puerto Rico. Irma and Maria.
Within weeks of the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Maria, a federal official arrived in Puerto Rico to oversee reconstruction plans. This year the funding just came.
“I know there are other things we need to do, we’re here to work as partners, to make sure our rules are seamless and to expedite as much as we can. .
Dotman, on the other hand, felt a failure and did not come quickly to Financial Island. Money. It is disgusting that this year alone we can give this funding to Puerto Rico. That’s wrong. We fixed it and now we are going to see the problem for the future, ”Dotman said.
According to the Department of Housing, 1,651 homes have been renovated (8%) out of 20,000 requests for repairs, renovations and relocation planning (R3). The project establishes more than $ 3.2 billion from the post-disaster (CDPG-TR) community development block grant.
The official highlighted the commitment of US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to the reconstruction of the island.
“I can not speak for the last administration. I can only talk about the commitment that this President has with Puerto Rico. That commitment is strong, which is why I am here,” Toddman said.