The Resilient Housing Initiative focuses on construction projects designed to return St. John’s vulnerable residents to stable living situations, and to ensure that components of their homes are rebuilt in a manner that is more disaster resistant than their pre-storm living conditions.
Hundreds of homes on St. John were partially or completely demolished by Hurricanes Irma and Maria - the Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates up to 74% of low and middle income residential structures on the island were damaged. Although there has been a substantial amount of federal aid and public assistance dispersed to residents throughout the Territory, navigating these complicated systems is an arduous and difficult process for the most vulnerable of St. John’s residents, and qualified contractors on the island are limited. As a result, a large number of seniors, low-income individuals, and homebound individuals have been denied public assistance or have simply given up; unwilling or unable to appeal public assistance decisions. Nearly one year after the 2017 hurricane season, the partners in this initiative encounter these individuals every day - many are clients of our various existing relief programs. To complicate the situation, supplies and labor in the Territory are at a premium. While the wealthiest of St. John’s homeowners are able to pay higher costs for rebuilding, ensuring that their projects are prioritized, low and middle income homeowners are left without any available resources.
Eligible participants are full-time St. John residents who, upon case by case evaluation, are a member of one or more of the following categories:
+ Low income families
+ Single parent families
+ Pregnant women
+ Homebound individuals
+ Residents with non-emergency medical needs
+ Individual cases with extenuating circumstances
This long-term, multi-faceted initiative requires a tremendous amount of logistical coordination and support in order for St. John’s most vulnerable residents to be returned to a stable and secure living situation. Various partners have come together within the community to combine resources and skill sets in an effort to streamline project management and rebuilds for those most in need.
+ Love City Strong
+ STJ Angels - Long Term Recovery Team
- Housing and Construction Group
- Disaster Case Management Group
- Resource and Donations Management Group
+ St. John Community Foundation
+ All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response
Plan + Implement
The Love City Strong RHI Project Managers and the St. John Long Term Recovery Housing and Construction team work to coordinate the various logistical challenges of implementation. Task management assignments are identified for construction document development, permitting, donated materials, estimates, and construction schedule.
The LCS team coordinates construction work between LCS work teams (including Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City field crew), roofing and structural teams, and All Hands and Hearts. The goal to ensure that tasks fall within each organization’s scope of work and that scheduling is adjusted as necessary.
The LCS team also coordinates the logistics of each build, including scheduling construction teams and subcontractors; arranging material delivery; coordinating with volunteers; and addressing any complications that may arise. The Housing and Construction Group and the LCS team will schedule the inspection of current construction cases for code compliance by a VI certified, DPNR qualified inspector as required.