Stand together for Puerto Rico

In September 2017, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico with full force – leaving families homeless, plunging communities into darkness, and cutting people off from food and water supplies.

One year later, the lights are back on and the water is restored in most places—but there is a long way to go to full recovery on the island. Countless families are living under tarps, and the infrastructure is still fragile and vulnerable to any new blow.

In a country with the wealth and resources of the United States, this is appalling and unjust. We have to do better.

We must stand together to demand that the American citizens of Puerto Rico are not left behind.

Add your name to pledge your support to hold the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) accountable for providing adequate, appropriate, and timely help to the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

The agency should take all necessary steps to properly process appeals for aid; should ensure that people know about new forms and ways to demonstrate proof of homeownership, and should help people with these forms; and should train FEMA staff about the new process.

While FEMA has recently been working with lawyers in Puerto Rico to understand local context, and allow flexibility to use alternative proof of homeownership, these efforts are in vain if people are not made aware that they can appeal.