Puerto Rico Federally Qualified Health Center
Disaster Recovery Fund
Fondo de Recuperación para Centros de Salud Federalmente Calificados de Puerto Rico
About the Fund
Hispanic Federation (HF), a Latino nonprofit membership and grant making organization based in the U.S. and now in Puerto Rico, announces a new Puerto Rico Federally Qualified Health Center Disaster Recovery Fund, part of HF’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program. A total of $2 million is available from this fund, which aims to help repair and strengthen Puerto Rico’s system of Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Hurricane Maria has brought unparalleled devastation to Puerto Rico. Its health care system, weakened by a decades-long economic crisis and profound underinvestment, was catastrophically affected. Puerto Rico’s (FQHCs), the single most important source of primary health care for low-income and vulnerable communities on the island, have served as “first health care responders” in this grave public health crisis. Yet many were damaged by the storm, and are in dire need of repairs.
HF’s new Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) Disaster Recovery Fund will provide essential funds for these health centers, which together care for an estimated 350,000 individuals, or one in ten residents of Puerto Rico. HF expects that grants of $100,000 will be awarded to each of the island’s 20 FQHCs.