“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda made sandwiches, took selfies and introduced a partnership with a nonprofit group for a $2.5 million hurricane restoration fund throughout a visit Tuesday to Puerto Rico.
Miranda mentioned seven native teams have already got acquired grants from the New York-based Hispanic Federation, which helps Latino businesses. The group mentioned it can award at the least 25 grants starting from $50,000 to $100,000 for reconstruction initiatives. A portion of a grant can be utilized for emergency reduction efforts together with meals, water or shelter, officers mentioned.
Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 as a Category four storm, destroying houses and energy strains and leaving tens of hundreds of individuals with out work. Nearly 40 of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities are nonetheless with out energy and almost 20 p.c of the island stays with out water.
“The road to recovery in Puerto Rico is not a simple one nor is it one that relies solely on aid from the American government on the mainland,” Miranda mentioned. “Together, we will cultivate, fund and execute practical and actionable solutions to kick-start and continue the island’s road to recovery for years to come.”
Miranda is also scheduled to fulfill with college students on Wednesday on the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras.
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