Energy Secretary Hopes $450 Million for Solar Will Rebuild Trust in Puerto Rico Power Grid

On Monday, U.S. Energy Sec. Jennifer Granholm announced a $453.3 million commitment to finance rooftop solar panels and battery systems for Puerto Rico’s most vulnerable communities.

  • Aug 3, 2023
  • 3:47 PM

LGBT Seniors in Puerto Rico on Their Own to Access Housing

In the absence of protection and a safe home, and the discrimination aggravated by factors such as religious ideologies, the Waves Ahead organization is developing housing projects aimed at these populations while bills to amend local laws are in limbo.

  • Aug 1, 2023
  • 12:52 PM

Puerto Rico Governor’s Cousins, Campaign Managers Plead Guilty of Embezzlement

Two cousins of Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $4 million in federal funds meant for public housing. Brothers Walter Pierluisi Isern and Eduardo Pierluisi Isern pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges in federal court in San Juan Thursday morning.

  • Apr 14, 2023
  • 11:05 AM

Puerto Rico Promised Billions for Safe Water, But Taps Still Running Dry

Despite ample federal funding, less than one percent of the federal money slated for the island’s public water utility corporation since 2018 has been set aside to buy generators for water pumps. Local officials instead have been forced to rely on a patchwork supply of emergency units.

  • Dec 13, 2022
  • 5:39 PM

Puerto Rico Governor’s Cousins Have Over 20 Real Estate Consulting, Public Housing Corporations

Aside from the public housing management business, for which federal authorities are investigating Walter and Eduardo Pierluisi Isern, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi’s cousins, the Pierluisi Isern and Pierluisi González-Coya families have more than 20 active companies in real estate, consulting and business and real estate management.

  • Oct 27, 2022
  • 12:40 PM

Congress Awaits Biden Request for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

After Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday, Congress returned to Capitol Hill on Monday to questions from Latino Rebels about how officials will respond to the crisis in the U.S. colony that has left vast swaths of the island without power or running water.

  • Sep 21, 2022
  • 1:48 PM

Gentrification Displaces Domestic Violence Survivors in Puerto Rico

Since the implementation of Act 22 approved in 2012 in Puerto Rico, which attracts foreign investors with tax incentives, access to affordable housing for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault has been a growing challenge.

  • May 5, 2022
  • 12:23 PM

Puerto Rico to Get Billions for Storm Aid, Reconstruction

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is slated to receive more than $6 billion in federal funds to help prepare the U.S. territory for future hurricanes and other disasters, officials said Tuesday.

  • Feb 2, 2021
  • 5:49 PM

Thousands in Puerto Rico Still Without Housing Since María

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly three years after Hurricane María tore through Puerto Rico, tens of thousands of homes remain badly damaged, many people face a hurricane season under fading blue tarp roofs and the island’s first major program to repair and rebuild houses hasn’t completed a single one.

  • Jul 24, 2020
  • 9:42 AM

Staying Alive in Puerto Rico (OPINION)

In the Puerto Rican context, the COVID-19 pandemic then represents novel circumstances but not an entirely new political phenomenon.

  • May 26, 2020
  • 3:16 PM

Former HUD Deputy Secretary Works at Firm Commissioned for Puerto Rico’s Recovery Efforts

Pamela H. Patenaude helped lock down a record amount of recovery funds for the island. After her resignation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, she went to work with the firm IEM, which obtained a multi-million-dollar contract with the first allocation of the money she secured.

  • Feb 18, 2020
  • 10:43 AM

Why Does the Government of Puerto Rico Keep Giving Trump Excuses to Mistreat the Island? (OPINION)

The money Congress approved to rebuild Puerto Rico two years ago is needed now more than ever.

  • Jan 25, 2020
  • 8:46 AM

Puerto Rico Protesters Demand Governor’s Resignation

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the seaside governor’s mansion and Capitol building on Monday to demand the U.S. territory’s leader resignation and to protest the recent discovery of apparently forgotten disaster supplies amid continuing earthquakes.

  • Jan 20, 2020
  • 3:20 PM

Displaced Families Await Post-Quake Housing in Puerto Rico

PONCE, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Antonetti family sat in the shade of a tree eating orange slices while contemplating the long day ahead of them in a dusty parking lot in southern Puerto Rico.

  • Jan 16, 2020
  • 11:59 AM

HUD’s Inspector General Is Auditing Part of Puerto Rico’s Disaster Funds

HUD Spokesman Darryl Madden told the CPI that he could not offer more details because the process has just begun.

  • Mar 28, 2019
  • 3:52 PM

GAO Report Slams HUD for Not Acting on Disaster Relief Grants for Puerto Rico, USVI, Texas and Florida

“Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands had not drawn down any of the $1.5 billion and $243 million, respectively, they had been allocated,” the report said.

  • Mar 26, 2019
  • 9:05 AM

Pro-Independence Puerto Ricans in New York Protest Against Debt Plan

Protestors gathered outside the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House on December 17 to confront Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi and the Fiscal Oversight and Management Board at its 31st open-to-the-public meeting.

  • Jan 10, 2022
  • 1:41 PM

The Most Diverse Oppressors Ever (OPINION)

I am not comforted if my bully looks like me.

  • Dec 17, 2020
  • 5:43 PM

AMLO Won’t Change Policy Following Femicide Protests

On Monday, women held a “Day without Women” with an untold number of women not attending work and school.

  • Mar 11, 2020
  • 12:32 PM

FEMA Slashes $21M from Initial Cost Estimate of Vieques Medical Facility

The new estimate represents $21 million less than what was initially estimated in 2018 by the municipality of Vieques and it comes two years and four months after Hurricane María.

  • Jan 31, 2020
  • 3:00 PM

In Colombia, Protesters Demand Better Protection of Indigenous People and Government Commitment to Peace Treaty

Thousands of Colombians occupied the streets of different cities in the third strike against President Iván Duque.

  • Dec 5, 2019
  • 12:48 PM

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