The Department of Housing reported that it has extended the deadlines until July for interested persons to apply to the Small Business Incubators and Accelerators (SBIA), Job Training (WFT) and Social Interest Housing programs. (SIH)
The extended period of the Notice of Availability of Funds (NOFA) to request the SBIA will be until 11:59 pm from July 9; for the WFT, until 11:59 p.m. from July 16; and for the SIH, until 11:59 p.m. of July 14.
The deadlines for those programs under the CDBG-DR funds were postponed due to the effect that Covid-19 had on business and dealings with government agencies.
“We are aware that the Covid-19 altered many of the steps that are carried out at the governmental level and in this case for those people who have an interest in applying to these three programs, "explained the Secretary of Housing, Luis Fernández Trinchet.
The official He urged citizens that “if they have not yet had the opportunity to inform themselves about the programs and apply, this is a good opportunity to do so. We remain willing to guide and assist applicants throughout the process. We want these programs to benefit as many people as possible. ”
Fernández Trinchet noted that the evaluation period for each program also extends with the application period; extension that applies equally to people who have already completed their applications.
SBIA will provide grants to organizations and entities for the implementation of initiatives related to the incubation and acceleration of small businesses on the island; and will assist in the development of small business incubation and acceleration facilities.
The WFT program will support training programs to meet the need for skills training on the island, in order to create a workforce that meets the reconstruction needs and with the necessary skills to place Puerto Rico within the economy of the future.
Finally, SIH will provide financing to non-profit organizations that are committed to providing affordable housing and that work with populations vulnerable to ensure housing accessibility for people with a wide range of socioeconomic, physical, emotional, and other disabilities.
SIH also seeks to expand the number of existing homes to increase the number of vulnerable people served; in addition to bringing existing homes to decent, safe and sanitary conditions, in accordance with all applicable building codes and with health and safety regulations in disaster-affected areas.
For more information on the programs, individuals Those interested can access the electronic pages of each program: