Comments from the general public

On September 21, 2018 began the public comment period (for 30 consecutive days, until October 21, 2018) with the objective that citizens actively participate sending comments and proposals to the Action Plan Amendment.

Within the public comment period, a series of public hearings were held from October 15 – 19, 2018, in the municipalities of Toa Baja, Guayama, Barranquitas, Manatí, Moca, Guánica and Fajardo.

All comments and proposals to the Action Plan Amendment received during the public comment period were answered and published in the draft Action Plan Amendment published on November 16, 2018.

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David Ortiz
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David Ortiz

My idea about the help for housing funds is that these funds are offered to all public employees, not only to teachers, but also to counselors, police officers, firefighters, school cafeteria employees who wish to buy their first home

David Ortiz
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David Ortiz

My idea about the federal funds to use is that the funds should be used for the public employees who are married and also the single ones for the purchase of their first home

Matt Tindall
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Matt Tindall

In the Multi-Family Reconstruction, Repair & Resilience Program called for in the Substantial amendment, we request that the acquisition program and/or the existing buildings reference in the reconstruction/repair program clearly include adaptive reuse or conversion of existing space to provide multi-family housing. On page 128 under Program Caps, you indicate that “The maximum award for housing rehabilitation in place is $60,000 in construction and/or hard costs per unit.” On Page 125 under Program Objective & Description, it states that “Homes become eligible for reconstruction when the property estimated cost of repair exceeds $60,000 or 50% of the current value132 –… Read more »

Drustva Delgadillo
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Drustva Delgadillo

On behalf of KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive, we would like to thank the Puerto Rico Department of Housing for the opportunity to provide comments in response to the Puerto Rico Disaster Recovery Action Plan (Amendment 1, Sept. 21, 2018). As municipios, city planning agencies, NGOs and community stakeholders work together to rebuild Puerto Rico, we strongly encourage that rebuilding and resilience planning efforts – including those described under the Multi-sector initiatives, City Revitalization Program (pg. 186), and Community Resiliency Centers (pg.… Read more »

Samuel Gonzalez Cardona
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Samuel Gonzalez Cardona

United Way of Puerto Rico recommends that the federal government be asked to exempt the non-profit organizations of the rule for the reimbursement of the CDBG and other recovery funds and let them received the funds in advanced. Therefore, UWPR recommend that the payments could be arranged as follows: o Advance of 40% to start the projects o Advance of 30% in a second payment with the submission of a partial report o A refund of the remaining 30% with the submission of a final report This support is request, because of the leading role taken by the non-profit sector,… Read more »

Puerto Rico Hospital Association
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Puerto Rico Hospital Association

Abstract for Proposed Energy Independent Island Wide Emergency Response and Business Continuity Infrastructure Network Puerto Rico Hospital Association Need and Proposed Solution: First responders and Public Safety organizations such as the Puerto Rico Hospital Association (the Association) require a unified Land Mobile Radio (LMR) communications network that will allow all related organizations (e.g. Hospitals, Urgent Care Clinics, Dialysis Centers, Pharmacies, Ambulances, EMT’s, etc.) to communicate with each other, at all times, in a unified and efficient manner, and coordinate between the public and private sector quickly in responding to and recovering from a natural disaster. The Association has made the… Read more »

Marisol Jimenez
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Marisol Jimenez

CONDADO LAGOON NEIGHBORS IN ACTION October 20, 2018 Puerto Rico Department of Housing Puerto Rico CDBG-DR Program (Secretary’s Office) P.O. Box 21365 San Juan, PR 00928-1365 To Whom It May Concern: Thank you for the opportunity to provide public comment related to the draft of the September 21, 2018 Substantial Amendment of the Action Plan for the Puerto Rico Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery. We have read through the entire document, including the section on Citizen Participation (pgs. 191- 196) and we found no evidence of your receipt of community’s original comments submitted in full compliance with the Puerto… Read more »

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Emily puthoff
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Emily puthoff

I encourage you to incorporate as many sustainable strategies as humanly possible into the plan. We need to drawdown our carbon emmissions, and every new plan is an opportunity to design for our future. You can do it! Look to project drawdown for more ideas.

Javier Rúa-Jovet, Director Public Policy-Sunrun
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Javier Rúa-Jovet, Director Public Policy-Sunrun

Dear Madam or Sir,

Attached please find photo evidence of Sunrun’s filing of Comments to PR Disaster Recovery Amended Action Plan for the Use of CDBG-DR Funds, sent via the infocdbg@vivienda.pr.gov designated email.

Please confirm receipt of comments.

Thank you,

Javier Rúa-Jovet
Sunrun, Inc.
Director, Public Policy
c 787.396.6511
e javier.ruajovet@sunrun.com

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Mekela Panditharatne
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Mekela Panditharatne

Fernando Gil Enseñat Secretary Department of Housing Puerto Rico PO Box 21365 San Juan, Puerto Rico 00928-1365 RE: Comments on Draft Puerto Rico Disaster Recovery Action Plan Dear Secretary Enseñat: The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) appreciates the opportunity to review and comment on the Draft Puerto Rico Disaster Recovery Plan (“Recovery Plan”). The NRDC is a national membership organization with over 3 million members and online activists, including members in Puerto Rico, dedicated to addressing environmental harms and social inequities. Please find comments on referenced programs below. Housing Programs (pg. 126) NRDC commends the plan for acknowledging the significant… Read more »

Natalia Ramirez
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Natalia Ramirez

21 de octubre de 2018 Sr. Fernando Gil Enseñat Secretario Departamento de la Vivienda Programa CDBG-DR P.O. Box 21365 San Juan, P.R. 00928-1365 VIA CORREO ELECTRONICO Asunto: Comentarios de Espacios Abiertos al borrador de la enmienda sustancial al Plan de Acción Estimado secretario Gil Enseñat: La transparencia y la rendición de cuentas son centrales para que la repartición de fondos federales y locales en el proceso de recuperación y reconstrucción sea justa y efectiva. En todo momento, tienen que haber mecanismos abiertos y participativos para que la ciudadanía exija cuentas al gobierno y, de esta forma, pueda monitorear a dónde… Read more »

Diane Cohen
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Diane Cohen

To Whom It May Concern, I am writing to encourage consideration, as part of a mixed-use neighborhood development plan, to include a place for the exchange of (reused) materials. All future neighborhoods should be designed with a community-based ReUse Center due to the multiplying benefits that occur when this type of infrastructure is in place. A huge contributor to resilient communities, ReUse Centers provide affordable materials to people who need them most, a convenient alternative to the landfill, a place to teach and preserve important skills, and they create quality jobs. Perhaps more importantly, they can not only be self-supporting… Read more »

jan susler
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jan susler

Puerto Rico Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild c/o People’s Law Office 1180 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60647 October 21, 2018 Hon. Fernando Gil Enseñat, Esq. Secretario, Departamento de Vivienda P.O. Box 363188 San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-3188 Dear Secretary Gil Enseñat, On behalf of the National Lawyers Guild Puerto Rico Subcommittee, we offer the attached comments to the draft Substantial Amendment to the Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery. Jan Susler Attorney at Law Puerto Rico Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild c/o People’s Law Office 1180 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60647… Read more »

Rachel Hiskes
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Rachel Hiskes

Comentario Publico Rachel Hiskes Residente Rio Piedras 21 de octubre, 2018 Re: Plan Enmendado Vivienda PR para Sumisión a HUD ~ AREA PLANIFICACIÓN ~ La importancia de incorporar la experiencia y peritaje de residentes y negocios en la recuperación de sus entornos- conocimiento local es vital. Planificación debe estar en manos de las comunidades, especialmente comunidades especiales; de los cuales muchos tienen PDI, Planes de Desarrollo Integral. Es necesario reclutar planificadores y organizadores comunitario/as en grandes cantidades que provienen de las mismas comunidades y organizaciones de base. Ejemplos notables son el Fideicomiso para el Desarrollo de Rio Piedras y Fideicomiso… Read more »

Emily Puthof
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Emily Puthof

I encourage the plan to include every opportunity in the design to drawdown carbon emissions and to incorporate sustainable, resilient infrastructure and housing decisions.

Maria R. Batista Santaella
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Maria R. Batista Santaella

Comments on the Puerto Rico’s Action Plan for CDBG-DR Funds October 21, 2018 Via email to: infoCDBG@vivienda.pr.gov Submitted by: Carlos Mercado, Sub Director of Puerto Rico Trade and Commerce Company The Puerto Rico Trade and Commerce Company (PR Trade) appreciates the opportunity to present comments on Puerto Rico’s Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant funds for Disaster Recovery allocated by the Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements, authorized by Public Law 115-56 and Public Law 115-72 2017; and announced through Federal Register 83 FR 5844 on February 9, 2018. The comments are made to the Substantial Amendment to… Read more »

Annie Mayol, President and COO, Foundation for PR
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Annie Mayol, President and COO, Foundation for PR

Comments on the Puerto Rico’s Action Plan for CDBG-DR Funds October 21, 2018 Via email to: infoCDBG@vivienda.pr.gov Submitted by: Annie Mayol, President and COO, Foundation for Puerto Rico Foundation for Puerto Rico (FPR) appreciates the opportunity to present comments on Puerto Rico’s Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant funds for Disaster Recovery allocated by the Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements, authorized by Public Law 115-56 and Public Law 115-72 2017. Foundation for Puerto Rico is beholden of being recognized in the Action Plan, “as one of the multitude of civic stakeholders have played key roles in the immediate… Read more »

Marianne Ramírez Aponte
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Marianne Ramírez Aponte

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico Comment to Action Plan CDBG-DR September 21, 2018 As a note on the outlined section for Economic Recovery Programs contained in the draft for the Puerto Rico Disaster Recovery Action Plan, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (MAC) would like to highlight the value of arts and culture as essential tools that can be leveraged for recovery efforts as well as for long-term economic development in Puerto Rico. Investing in our cultural infrastructure serves the dual purpose of stimulating local business activity throughout various communities and supporting a thriving visitor economy… Read more »

Yolanda Rodriguez
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Yolanda Rodriguez

Gobierno Municipal de Vega Alta Re: Solicitud de Fondos del Programa CDBG-DR para Desarrollo Económico El 7 de marzo de 2018 el Municipio de Vega Alta (MUNVA) presentó una propuesta de solicitud de fondos del Programa CDBG-DR para proyectos identificados como de gran prioridad. El total de fondos solicitados es de $71,750,000.00, de los cuales $20,000,000.00 se destinarían a vivienda y $51,750,000.00 a infraestructura. En dicha propuesta no se peticionaron fondos para Desarrollo Económico. Sin embargo, es de cardinal importancia el que se añada a la propuesta presentada este importante componente, especialmente en lo concerniente a crear las bases para… Read more »

Israel roman martinez
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Israel roman martinez

Surcando la historia inc. Una organizacion de base comunitaria en focada no solo en la historia y cultura, sino que etanos enfocados en brindar servicios. Todo voluntario. Estamos trabajando en varios proyectos junto al municipio con un acuerdo colaborativo en lajas. Una base kp4 comunitaria que sirva de enlace entre la comunidad y dependencias gubernamentales. Ya hay tres miembros con licencia Kp4 y otros GMRS. Soy WP4QCH. Hemos pedido a l DE una escuela en comunidad rural de lajas candelaria, para convertirla en refugio permanente, almacen de suministros, centro comunal y salones de talleres educativos y centro tecnologico comunitario. Ambos… Read more »

Erika Ruiz
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Erika Ruiz

Comments to the Puerto Rico CDBG-DR Amended Action Plan Enterprise Community Partners Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. would like to applaud Vivienda on their continued outreach to the public on the happenings of the action plan, through informational bulletins, the dedicated website to CDBG-DR and publishing contracts on your website .Enterprise would like to formally submit our comments to the first amendment of the CDBG-DR action plan in response to 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria. We recognize the challenge in designing programs to address a wide range of issues while additional information and data continues to paint a fuller picture of… Read more »