Puerto Rico Beautification Program: From Distress to Family Friendly


  • After Hurricanes Maria and Irma, many damaged homes have been abandoned and their owners have left the island
  • Abandoned homes are owned by banks or absent homeowners
  • Vacants are not cared for making the neighborhood unattractive and unsafe
  • Abandoned homes leave behind trash and rodent problems
  • Distressed properties encourage trespassing for illegal activity
  • Drug dealers create drug dens bringing traffic, drug paraphernalia, and danger to the neighborhood
  • Families, especially families with children, are exposed to and living among unsafe properties that are also eyesores


The goals of Pay It Forward’s Puerto Rico Beautification program are:

  • To reduce the number of crumbling abandoned homes in occupied neighborhoods
  • Engage with the neighbors to communicate the Pay It Forward program
  • Build excitement for the demolition and encourage participation and/or observation by the residents of the area
  • Throw an after-demolition community gathering
  • Deter illegal activity and trespassing
  • Remove the unsafe building and create a community space for the neighborhood
  • Create a happier and more family-friendly place to live




Pay It Forward looks to raise $50,000 per home beautification. Your poster purchase will help fund the Puerto Rico Beautification Program.



The Pay It Forward program:


  • Trace the lien or mortgage holder of the property or properties
  • Purchase an abandoned house or block
  • Engage with neighbors to communicate the program to provide hope for a better living experience in their neighborhood
  • Demolish the home and sell the concrete for reuse or crush it for hardscape purposes
  • Clean the property of trash and debris
  • Create alternate use of the property, possibilities include:
  • Fenced in with local artists creating vibrant wall art on the fence
  • Installing a playground
  • Creating a community garden
  • Creating a small community park
  • Either continue to own and maintain the property or sell the lot for rebuilding