This program will create housing opportunities for citizens with special needs (homeless, domestic violence).
SOCIAL INTEREST HOUSING PROGRAM
The Government of Puerto Rico, through the Department of Housing, is proud to introduce the Social Interest Housing Program (SIH). The objective of the Program is to provide funding to non-profit organizations who are committed to providing Social Interest Housing and work with vulnerable populations to ensure accessibility of housing to individuals with a wide range of socioeconomic, physical, emotional and other impairments. The Program seeks to expand existing housing to increase the number of vulnerable individuals served and/or bring existing housing to decent, safe, and sanitary conditions and in compliance with all applicable construction codes and health and safety standards in disaster impacted areas.
KEY THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE SOCIAL INTEREST HOUSING PROGRAM
- SIH is a $50,000,000 program for NGOs that serve vulnerable populations to increase housing capacity and resilience.
- NGOs are able to apply for funding, up to $2,500,000 maximum per award. Individuals are not eligible applicants to SIH.
- Construction timelines will vary based upon the scale of the proposal, but conservative estimates for project completion is 1.5-2 years.
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Eligible applicants to the Social Interest Housing Program are non-governmental (NGO) 501(c)(3), non-profit entities.
These non-profit organizations shall have demonstrated experience working with the vulnerable populations to be served under this program. This program’s intention is to fund entities working in Puerto Rico with vulnerable populations that may have been affected by hurricanes Irma and/or Maria or that were born from a need that was realized after the storms.
NGOs will need to provide proof of non-profit status via merchant registration, certificate of incorporation or organization tax return. Additional information, program details, eligibility requirements, and application instruction and criteria can be found in the Program Guidelines and the Program Notice of Funding Availability.
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The Program funds non-profit organizations to increase the number of vulnerable individuals housed and/or bring existing housing to resilient, decent, safe, and sanitary conditions in disaster impacted areas.
Program awards may not exceed $2,500,000. An organization can submit multiple projects.
This program will provide funding for new construction or projects to repair or rehabilitate existing housing for vulnerable populations.
Residents with special needs become increasingly vulnerable to the barriers of recovery caused by the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Providing funds to Nonprofits to expand existing housing will increase the number of people served and address the unmet need through resilient, modern, high-quality housing for the most vulnerable people in Puerto Rico.