Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico is a new fund, set up by the Boston Foundation and the city, to help Puerto Ricans recover from Hurricane Maria.
Up to one third will be immediately distributed for relief efforts and two-thirds will be deployed over the next two years (through 2018) for reconstruction and economic recovery projects in Puerto Rico and to support resettlement efforts in the Commonwealth.
In a statement, Mayor Walsh said:
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Puerto Rican people, those who live here and those who are on the island, as they recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria. We have been in close communication with officials from Puerto Rico and, with such a strong Puerto Rican community here in Boston, they know we are here to help, for as long as they need
The city estimated more than 32,000 residents who identify as Puerto Rican. WBUR reports Boston Public Schools officials have begun working on a plan for educating a possible influx of kids from the island.