Diaz Torres Hurricane Recovery


On September 20th, Hurricane Maria hit my home of Puerto Rico. The storm destroyed the island's infrastructure and has caused major damage to most homes. My parents were lucky, and their home suffered only minor damage. Unfortunately, the apartment buildings that they own and that are their primary source of income were not so lucky.  

All of the buildings suffered damages. Several roofs were pulled away causing significant structural damage in the process. Some apartments were flooded, damaging furniture and appliances. Doors were blown off and one of our building's solar water heaters was literally ripped off the roof. 

We have nearly 70  tenants who have not been able to work since September 20th and will be unable to for the foreseeable future. There is no power or running water. Tenants have extraordinary expenses due to the cost of using generators to get electricity and the scarcity food. The last thing we want at this point is for them to have to leave their homes but a lot of work will need to happen -  and quickly - if they can stay there safely. 

We also have 2 apartments that we rent through Airbnb that were flooded. We will need to go through the process of removing mold, replacing cabinets and furniture, etc. The fencing enclosing the facilities was also compromised.  It is estimated the condo will not be ready for rentals for at least 6 months, which is a significant loss of income. 

Our own house suffered the least amount of damage, but still has leaks in the roof. Right now the estimate to complete all of the repairs (itemized below) is totaling nearly $30,000. Most of these things will not be covered by insurance or FEMA and we desperately need your help to be able to fix them.

If we somehow are able to raise more than is needed for the repairs, the funds will be directed to our tenants and neighbors who also lost everything in the hurricane. 

There are supposed to be windows there. 

There was a roof on the second floor 

Itemized Estimates: 

Santa Catalina: 
- Fix the roof = $4500 

San Bernardo: 
- Replacing Kitchen/Furniture =$800 
- Fix the second story supporting wall = $1500 
- Seal leaks in the roof = $1500 

Rio Plantation: 
- Tree Removal = $1000 
- Fix part of the roof =$3500 
- Seal leaks in the roof = $1000

- Fix roof and compromised supporting wall = $1500 

Flamboyan Gardens: 
- Tree Removal = $500 
- Seal Leaks in the roof = $1000 
- Replace the patio roof = $500 

- Replace solar water heater = $4000 
- Replace doors = $300

- Replace doors=  $500

- Fix fencing, landscaping = $3000
- Fix and remove mold from the interiors =  $2000

Colonia (Our House): 
- Seal leaks in the roof $1000 
- Fix patio roof = $2000
  • Rebecca Pollack 
    • $50 
    • 46 mos
  • Nick Dilenschneider 
    • $25 
    • 49 mos
  • Chanda Choun 
    • $40 
    • 49 mos
  • Education First 
    • $100 
    • 49 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $75 
    • 49 mos
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Cristina Diaz-Torres 
Arlington, VA
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