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Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration (PRRA) was established under the U.S. Congressional Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935. Dur­ing a five-year period, PRRA purchased more than 40,000 acres of coffee, tobacco, and sugar absentee-owned land and redistributed it as small farms among poor rural people. PRRA constructed more than 12,000 new homes, thirty-eight modern con­crete second-unit schools, and sixty-four rural medical dispensaries. Extensive agricultural, recrea­tional, and social service programs were organized in the larger resettlement projects.  In 1942, when money was no longer available to finance the extensive social service and medical programs, PRRA made available government community center prop­erty at three different locations to the Brethren Serv­ice Committee, the Mennonite Central Committee (La Plata), and the Friends Service Committee, for Civilian Public Service (CPS) medical and social service programs. PRRA also became the government-sponsoring agency of the CPS program in Puerto Rico and worked in close co-operation with the Brumbaugh Reconstruction Unit, the central agency of the three church service organizations.


Holsinger, Justus. Serving Rural Puerto Rico. Scott­dale, 1952: 5-18.

Author(s) Justus G Holsinger
Date Published 1959

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Holsinger, Justus G. "Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 28 Oct 2016.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 231. All rights reserved.

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