Policy

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico at a time of great financial difficulty for the island and its residents, leaving behind widespread destruction and a humanitarian crisis. This natural disaster will undoubtedly dictate the upcoming policy agenda for the island. It is imperative that we maintain public awareness for disaster relief efforts and engagement, not just in the emergency phase but also during recovery and reconstruction.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Transitional Shelter Assistance program (TSA) has provided short-term living accommodations for families displaced by Hurricane Maria. However, an upcoming April 20, 2018, eligibility review has created...
After passing both the US House and Senate, the third in a series of supplemental appropriations for disaster relief was signed by the President on February 9, 2018, the same day a funding gap had led to a brief government shutdown during the...
Decisions are being made this week that will affect the Puerto Rican community for decades. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the island is at a critical point in its history. While Congress debates Puerto Rico’s future, a diaspora summit in...
Largely due to the slow pace of its disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, the Trump Administration’s response to Hurricane Maria has been heavily criticized. More than a month after the storm devastated the island, 62% of the inhabitants lack...
Hurricane Maria has been the worst storm to hit Puerto Rico since San Felipe Segundo in 1928. On September 20, 2017, Maria struck Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm, with sustained winds blowing at 145 mph and peaking at 155 mph as it made landfall...
Damage estimates are starting to emerge from Puerto Rico following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. The Government of Puerto Rico lacks the funds needed to undertake necessary recovery and reconstruction efforts. Even under regular...
For the past several weeks Puerto Rico has gone through a rescue and recovery process after Hurricane Maria hit and left thousands of peoples without homes, millions with no electricity or water, and thousands without food and other needs. The...
Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico and its population is unprecedented. Though it is dif cult to nd comparable situ- ations, we estimate that between 114,000 and 213,000 Puerto Rico residents will leave the island annually in the aftermath of...
Hurricane Maria caused billions of dollars in damages to Puerto Rico and left 3.6 million island residents without power, potable water, and telecommunications. The situation has quickly evolved into a humanitarian crisis. The Category 4 hurricane...
Since September 20, 2017, Puerto Rico has become a different place than it was before. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the people of Puerto Rico are struggling with food, medications, and other basic needs. The situation is catastrophic, but...