Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria swamped their island, eighty-three percent of the residents of
More than half of residents (55 percent) say rebuilding
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In a related analysis, KFF President and CEO
Among the key findings of the new survey, many residents report that they were without grid power for four months or more (44 percent); they had employment losses (42 percent); their home was destroyed or majorly damaged (26 percent); their vehicle was damaged (21 percent); they resorted to drinking water from a natural source (21 percent); and they or a family member have a new or worsened health condition (23 percent), or have received mental health services as a result of the storm (9 percent).
A quarter of residents say their day-to-day life is still somewhat (18 percent) or very (7 percent) disrupted. Thirteen percent say their housing conditions are not safe, and six percent say that their home that was damaged during the storm is still unlivable. Three in ten residents (31 percent) say they personally still need help repairing damage to their home and two in ten (21 percent) say they need help navigating systems for aid.
Majorities of adults living in
Large majorities of residents say more resources are necessary for improving basic infrastructure like roads and highways (93 percent) and restoring the power grid (76 percent). Majorities also say more resources are needed in employment assistance (86 percent), repairing homes (78 percent), and in helping small businesses (79 percent).
This survey is the 33rd in a series of surveys dating back to 1995 that have been conducted as part of
This survey also is part of the