Views and Experiences of Puerto Ricans a Year After Hurricane Maria

Views and Experiences of Puerto Ricans a Year After Hurricane Maria

A year after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, residents of the island are still struggling with the storm's impact on their housing, finances, and mental and physical health, a survey by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Washington Post finds. Based on face-to-face interviews, the report, Views and Experiences of Puerto Ricans One Year After Hurricane Maria (37 pages, PDF), found that 83 percent of survey respondents had a home that was destroyed or significantly damaged, lost power for four or more months, had to drink water from a natural source, experienced a job loss, developed a health condition or had an existing one worsen, and/or received mental health services as a result of the storm. In addition, a quarter of respondents said their day-to-day life is still somewhat (18 percent) or very (7 percent) disrupted, with 26 percent and 25 percent reporting that their general level of stress and personal financial situation had worsened after the storm and 32 percent saying they have faced at least one of several challenges in terms of accessing medical care, including problems with getting needed care (16 percent) and trouble getting an appointment with a specialist (20 percent).