Puerto Rico

Members of Congress Fear Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Funds Will Go to Creditors

Concerned elected officials asked Congress for a guarantee that the island’s residents and infrastructure will benefit from the $16 billion.

What the Budget Deal Means for Puerto Rico

The $16 billion allocated for the island’s recovery effort is a great help—and a major disappointment.

A street is flooded during the passing of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Congress Investigates FEMA's Failure to Deliver 18.5 Million Meals to Puerto Rico

The agency awarded a $156 million contract to a company with no experience in the food industry.

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Libros 787 Fights to Conserve Puerto Rico's Literary Legacy

The online bookstore, named for the island’s primary area code, is developing a singular location for Puerto Rican literature.

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Residente Says Hurricane Maria, Debt Crisis Expose Need for Puerto Rican Autonomy

“The United States is just not interested in Puerto Rico.” 

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Puerto Rico: Post Hurricane Maria, Island Can't Pay Down Debt

Meanwhile, residents continue to leave the island in the face of rising unemployment.

A school bus crosses a makeshift automobile bridge, after the original bridge was washed away during Hurricane Maria flooding, on December 20, 2017 in Morovis, Puerto Rico.

EPA Cautions There is Raw Sewage in Some Water Sources in Puerto Rico

Upwards of 76,000 residents of the hurricane-devastated island still lack access to clean water.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Pledges $2.5 Million for Hurricane Relief During Puerto Rico Visit

Also: He will return to his “Hamilton” role for a 2019 run of performances in Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico Cancels Energy Restoration Contract With Montana Firm

FEMA has significant concerns with how PREPA procured this contract and has not confirmed whether the contract prices were reasonable.”

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House Committee Approves $36.5 Billion in Hurricane and Wildfire Recovery Aid

“These funds are vital right now, in the near term, to get the aid where it is needed most.”

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Climate Justice Roundup: Methane Rule Reinstated, Disaster Relief Aid Requested, Clean Power Plan in Trouble

Two steps forward, one step back.

Residents' possessions are shredded and scattered outside the Tutu High Rise

Committee on Natural Resources Dems Demand Hearing on Trump's Hurricane Response in PR, USVI

“It is appropriate that we exercise our authority in this regard to hear from officials of the Trump administration in a hearing on the sufficiency of their efforts to respond to the crises in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.”

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B-Boy Richard 'Crazy Legs' Colón Delivers Clean Drinking Water to Puerto Ricans in Need

The veteran breakdancer and Rock Steady Crew member launched a new campaign to provide relief for the commonwealth.

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Beyoncé Hops on 'Mi Gente' Remix for Mexico and Caribbean Hurricane Relief Efforts

Proceeds from sales of the new single, which updates a song by Colombian singer J Balvin and French artist Willy William, will benefit disaster relief efforts in Mexico and the Caribbean.

A container ship is seen docked at the port of San Juan

Trump Administration Suspends Rule That Slows Aid to Puerto Rico, Charges Evacuees for Transport

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz calls the move to lift the Jones Act “an act of justice.”

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As Trump Tweets, Puerto Rico Governor Says, 'We Need More Help'

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says there are currently 700 FEMA staffers on the ground in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The La Perla neighborhood the day after Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 21, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

How to Help Residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Recover After Hurricane Maria

These organizations are helping with immediate needs—like food—and long-term efforts, including rebuilding.

People walk through flooded streets the morning after Hurricane Irma swept through the area on September 11, 2017 in Naples, Florida.

8 Ways to Help People of Color Recover From Hurricane Irma

A list of organizations working to rebuild communities in the path of one of the most powerful hurricanes in history.

A street is flooded during the passing of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

READ: Why Puerto Rico's Fiscal Crisis and Hurricane Irma Are a Catastrophic Combination

The author believes Irma was the final factor in the “perfect storm” that has been brewing on the bankrupt island.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello at a news conference about the June 11 vote in favor of U.S. statehood June 15, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Puerto Rico Ends Toxic Dumping of Coal Ash, But Increases Its Commercial Use

“This law is one step forward and two steps back,” said one environmentalist.