The Victims of Baja Return To Their Homes

Primerahora.com 03/02/2018 - One of the first residences rehabilitated by the federal program "Tu Hogar Renace" was delivered today to a family of victims of Toa Baja, affected by Hurricane Maria on the island.

The family composed of two older adults, who had to leave the residence after the property suffer structural damage with the devastating atmospheric phenomenon, returned home today thanks to the help and assistance of the "Tu Hogar Renace" program that enables minor repairs of emergency in the houses to turn them into safe, habitable and functional.

The secretary of the Department of Housing (DV), Fernando Gil Enseñat, along with the mayor of Toa Baja, Bernardo "Betito" Márquez, and the senators of the Bayamón district, Carmelo Ríos and Migdalia Padilla, handed over the residence rehabilitated by works made in the roof, kitchen, bathroom, replacement of windows and doors, in addition to other repairs depending on making the house safe, functional and habitable. At the same time, through the Tu Hogar Renace program, they acquired an electric generator.

"Today we take a giant step towards the recovery of our Island. This family of Toa Baja returns home after the devastating passage of Hurricane Maria on the Island, thanks to the assistance of the Tu Hogar Renace program and the commitment of the government and the governor. Ricardo Rosselló in favor of the reconstruction of Puerto Rico. In this residence and in the face of Don Angel Nieves Rivera, the objective of this program is exemplified, which seeks to make the affected dwellings safe and functional for each member of the family. We want families to return to the warmth of their home, their environment and their communities, "the DV secretary said in written statements.

Similarly, Gil Enseñat, reiterated "that the Department of Housing will always be the facilitating entity to promote affordable and safe housing for all Puerto Ricans."

For his part the mayor of Toa Baja said "we are pleased to announce with the Secretary of the Department of Housing, Fernando Gil, the delivery of the first home under the program that was released by Governor Ricardo Rosselló, precisely in Toa Baja. Tu Hogar Renace represents the first step towards the recovery of thousands of Toabajeños, so we work hand in hand with the central government so that our communities have access to their homes soon. Our Llanero people have shown solidarity and resilience, and together in the process we will continue forward. Thanks to the secretary for his commitment and all the component that makes this initiative possible ".

The "Tu Hogar Renace" program is aimed at making temporary repairs to homes with a maximum investment of $ 20,000 per unit.

So far, the program has received more than 30,000 applications and expects to be able to carry out repairs to 75,000 homes affected by Hurricanes Irma and María.

Cmr. George P. Bush's Texas GLO wins prestigious American Planning Association Award

AUSTIN - Today Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office's (GLO) Community Development and Revitalization program received the American Planning Association Texas Chapter's 2017 Planning Award for the Carver Park Neighborhood Revitalization Program in Galveston. The award recognizes exemplary planning improving the quality of life and economic opportunities in communities.

"The GLO's Community Development and Revitalization team is dedicated to assisting Texans in rebuilding after disasters," said Commissioner Bush. "Communication and cooperation with those in our local communities is vital to the success of long-term recovery. I want to congratulate all of the GLO team members involved and our community partners for this prestigious recognition."

The project was a joint effort to revitalize a community in Galveston following Hurricane Ike. The cooperative effort of the GLO, the Galveston Housing Authority, the city of Galveston and Galveston County used U.S. Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery funds. The design plan included the use of break away designs for flooding, accessibility and connectivity improvements, streetscapes, the use of historical surroundings for design, and the addition of a new community park. You can view a video about the project here - https://goo.gl/cc4fTJ.

The GLO's CDR program administers Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds on behalf of the state of Texas. HUD recovery funds totaling approximately $4 billion have been allocated for Texas following Hurricanes Rita, Dolly, and Ike; the 2011 wildfires; and the 2015 and 2016 floods. The GLO remains committed to helping Texans recover in the most effective and efficient means possible. These grants can be used for a wide variety of recovery efforts, including housing redevelopment, infrastructure repair, and planning. For additional information on the current application process, please visit TexasRebuilds.org.

Elizabeth Alvarado