GOVERNMENT OF PUERTO RICO
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Administrative Bulletin Number: OE-2020-025
EXECUTIVE ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF PUERTO RICO, HON. WANDA
VÁZQUEZ-GARCED, TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE HOMELESS
POPULATION IN PUERTO RICO AMID THE THREAT OF THE SPREAD OF THE
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19).
The Government of Puerto Rico is committed to protecting and
ensuring the wellbeing of our citizens. This includes homeless
people, incorrectly labeled as vagrant, which are part of our
According to the Homeless Count required by the Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD), there were over 2,535
homeless people in Puerto Rico in 2019. A large proportion of this
population on our Island are people over the age of 60.
A state of emergency was declared in Puerto Rico under
Administrative Bulletin OE-2020-20 due to the global spread of the
coronavirus disease or “COVID-19”. Furthermore, stringent
measures have been taken under subsequent Executive Orders to
prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our jurisdiction.
The Government of Puerto Rico has an unwavering commitment
to protect all components of our society against the potential
spread of COVID-19, particularly among the most vulnerable
groups, such as the homeless population. Driven by this
commitment, it is imperative to establish centers to provide
assistance, services, and shelter to homeless people on our Island.
I, WANDA VÁZQUEZ-GARCED, Governor of Puerto Rico, by
virtue of the powers inherent to my office and the authority vested
in me by the Constitution and the Laws of the Government of
Puerto Rico, hereby DECLARE and ORDER the following:
The homeless population in Puerto Rico is hereby acknowledged
as a highly vulnerable sector that requires special attention and the
adoption of measures by all governmental sectors.
It is hereby ordered that the Secretary of the Family, working in
close coordination and collaboration with the Secretary of Housing
and the Secretary of Health, establish centers to provide
assistance to homeless people. At the very least, these centers