In August 2018, after many Puerto Ricans were denied aid for damage done by Hurricane Maria, the Federal Emergency Management Agency changed the way it verifies property ownership.
News Story, Video (Puerto Rico)
February 10, 2019
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Tags: Disaster Recovery
Organizations mentioned/involved: Puerto Rico Legal Services / Servicios Legales (SLPR)
Carmen Milagros Chévere Ortiz and her family live in a house her parents built in an informal settlement in Toa Baja, about 15 miles west of San Juan. Villa Calma was settled in the early 1970s by squatters on marshy municipally-owned terrain surrounded by tributaries of the Rio de la Plata.