Puerto Rico Recovery Fund

Immediate Relief
is a Long Road

You can help restore, rebuild and reimagine Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico Recovery Fund has worked on three strategic and interrelated areas since 2017, after the extensive devastation caused by Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico:

1.    Addressing immediate humanitarian needs
2.    Advocacy efforts in San Juan and Washington DC, to ensure maximum federal support and efficient resource coordination
3.    Medium and long-term economic development with a focus on resiliency.

In January 2020, the island experienced a 6.4 earthquake that affected the lives and infrastructure in the southwest coast of the island. Aftershocks have continued to impact the area keeping residents anxious and helpless. These disasters have battered an already struggling island hampered by a massive public debt burden and a lack of socioeconomic opportunities.

The Center for a New Economy (CNE) is collaborating in the ongoing assistance and recovery efforts by leveraging our coordination capabilities, on-the-ground knowledge, strategic support networks and policy advocacy skills. Our commitment to rebuilding and retrofitting our physical and socioeconomic infrastructure is steadfast. Right after Hurricane Maria, we embarked in supporting the ReImagina Puerto Rico project that conducted seventy-seven dialogue sessions with 748 stakeholders, identified six cross-cutting strategies and 97 actionable recommendations in the areas of Energy, Physical Infrastructure, Natural Infrastructure, Housing, Economic Development and Health, Education & Social Services.  Currently, ReImagina, a CNE program, works to make sure that these recommendations –that community groups, experts, students, business people and professionals agreed upon– are implemented for the immediate and long-term benefit of all Puerto Ricans.

CNE has championed the cause of a more productive and stable Puerto Rico for over 20 years, as an independent, non-partisan think-tank with a reputable track record. CNE will continue to propose and advocate for systemic solutions in the most critical areas of Housing, Energy, and Economic Development during the reconstruction process.

Your support and help are much needed now. Join this effort. Give generously. 

Our Impact

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Created during the darkest moments of Hurricane María’s aftermath –when the collapse of the island’s infrastructure made everything seem short of impossible –the Puerto Rico Recovery Fund (PRRF) was borne out of a conscious decision to address the colossal challenges posed by Puerto Rico’s critical situation.

The Center for a New Economy and Espacios Abiertos had the human capital, resources and strong networks that allowed to structure and execute one of the largest relief efforts in Puerto Rico. So, without emergency relief experience, but with a deep-rooted conviction that Puerto Ricans had to lead the island’s relief and reconstruction efforts, the PRRF delivered more than 4.1 million pounds of water, food, medicines and critical supplies. Today the PRRF continues to work on the medium and long-term recovery and advocacy goals established since its conception.

The incredible strength of the human spirit and the work of every single person that joined this effort resulted in a significant impact on Puerto Rico’s recovery. Above you will find the PRRF’s Impact Report which summarizes our efforts, experiences and achievements.

We thank you for your trust and support during this journey!

* Over 2,007,000 pounds out of the total cargo delivered has been handed over to other institutions.

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