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Hurricane victims’ FEMA housing assistance ends
The victims of hurricane Maria and Harvey still receive housing assistance to find a new place to live. Phil Keating reports.
Friday night could be the last night that about 500 Hurricane Maria and hurricane Harvey victims have a bed to sleep in.
To check you all out of your hotel room this weekend and find a new place to stay until they get back on their feet. Over 400 households are Puerto Ricans, according to Florida, most of the land South of Orlando, in the city of Kissimmee. The 100 hurricane Harvey households are the Texans in the Lone Star State.
It’s been 10 months since the two hurricanes hit Puerto Rico and Texas. Since then, The Federal Emergency Management Agency spent $rooms 432 million on emergency shelter allowance, which pays for the hurricane survivors ” hotel. It has been extended several times, the last time two months ago – but nothing more. The FEMA program is not only offered, if a Governor issues the first requests, and this time, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello.
These people have lived in hotels for the past nine months or so, the last 3 percent. Around 97 per cent of TSA recipients have already found to live places.
In Florida, it is an important political aspect of this situation. Sen Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, are both strong, the “Sunshine State” courting Puerto Rican growing votes, strategically believe, these voters could be the key to victory in November. Scott is the term limited as Governor and is now trying to unseat Nelson, who is vying for a fourth term.
Since the category-5 hurricane Maria hit in the U.S. Commonwealth, an estimated 200,000 Puerto Ricans to Florida. Dozens of activists protested outside of the Sunshine summit on Wednesday, Thursday night the Fox-News-to get a shipment of the GOP gubernatorial debate, calling on Scott to extend FEMA, the Hotels benefit. In a statement, he said it was up to him.
“Florida did not extend the authority to the Federal program. It is a decision that must be made by the government of Puerto Rico. We are obliged to take every possible measure to ensure that each family displaced by Maria in Florida receives the best care possible.”
Nelson and several other democratic senators and representatives appeal to the FEMA stepped in to extend the program another time. Nelson compared the current situation after Katrina.
To do “what we tried to do with this legislation is now being rejected by the Republicans, said the use of the existing law,” Nelson said. “You did it for New Orleans, why not now for Puerto Rico?”
A FEMA spokesman says that these remaining 500 households should not you find yourself stuck on the road this weekend.
Jenny Burke said, to help the staff, families and single people find other assistance, such as rental assistance, volunteers and charitable organizations.
Phil Keating, Fox News Channel (FNC) entered into force in March 2004 and currently serves as FNC’s Miami based correspondent.