Since September, HEART 9/11 has collaborated with a number of organizations, including Playita Resiliente, Sacred Heart University, the University of Puerto Rico, the City of San Juan, Jonathan Marvel Architects, JetBlue, American Express, 100 Resilient Cities and the Rockefeller Foundation to rebuild over 100 badly damaged homes in Playita, Canteras and Orocovis. The HEART 9/11 response teams include firefighters, union laborers, carpenters, police, and paramedics. Volunteers distributed solar battery packs, donated by Cantor Relief Fund, to many affected by Hurricane Maria. HEART 9/11 is currently sending skilled carpenter volunteers to work with and train apprentices over the course of 10 weeks. It is an important next step to teach young people in Puerto Rico the necessary skills to help their neighbors and to secure employment in the construction field while building resilience.

HEART 9/11 is proud to be making a difference rebuilding Puerto Rico with NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “NY stands with Puerto Rico” initiative. HEART 9/11 is providing the skilled manpower and teaching SUNY/CUNY students roof repair in Orocovis – an isolated mountain community that sustained rain and wind damage to 100s of homes during Hurricane Maria. The critical need in Puerto Rico is roof repair. We are rapidly approaching the 2018 hurricane season and so many homes have still not been repaired from Hurricane Maria.

Thank you NYCDCC, FDNY, NERCC, Local 79, Gary LaBarbera – President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater NY, Steamfitters Local 638, Sheet Metal Workers Local 28, DC9, IBEW Local 3, BAC Local 7 for supporting HEART 9/11’s mission to Respond, Rebuild, Recover.