Puerto Rico loses its most important ally within the federal government 2018-12-20 20:43:07

The secretary of the local Housing Department reacts to the resignation of the HUD deputy secretary, Pamela Patenaude

The resignation of the Secretary of the federal Housing Department , Pamela Patenaude , represents for Puerto Rico the loss of "the most important ally" in the process of recovery of the country after Hurricane Maria.

This was recognized this morning by the Secretary of the Department of Housing, Fernando Gil . " Puerto Rico loses not only a great ally ... but within the federal government the most important ally it had," the official admitted during a press conference in which the delivery of 140 apartment units for the people of the third Age.

"That does not mean that the conversations with HUD will not continue and will not continue ... yes it is more uphill because we had a person who had come to Puerto Rico about ten times, who was committed and who is committed to Puerto Rico" , Gil said, recognizing that the news was like receiving "a bucket of cold water".

He added that the resignation-effective in January 2019- "may or may have some kind of effect on our recovery or in relation to that relationship we had with her".

"It's sad and it's sad for HUD because he's a very knowledgeable person," the Secretary added.

"We in Puerto Rico will be indebted to her for the effort she made and for the great things she always advocated for our island, always highlighting in the federal sphere the need we had after the hurricane," he said.

The expressions were given during the delivery of the first 10 housing units of the project for the elderly population "Lumen City". The building was developed near the Martínez Nadal station, in Guaynabo, of the Urban Train.

Also, it is close to hospitals, supermarkets and the terminal of the Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA). "Our priority is to build resilient projects that welcome our communities, the most needy and disadvantaged sectors of Puerto Rico," Gil said.

For his part, Luis Berdiel of the Housing Financing Authority (AFV), indicated that the rent units project through the Section 8 program was possible thanks to the approval of $ 20 million in federal tax credits and $ 3.4 million from the HOME program.

The project also has a gym, gazebos, a "lounge" lounge and common reading areas. Likewise, it has a system of photovoltaic panels.