OPINION: FEMA suspends aid to families affected by "María" by Rep. Adriano Espaillat
April 16, 2018
In The News
New York City has stood firm with our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico and the surrounding devastated areas to ensure access for affected families to FEMA resources and other emergency services dedicated to helping them rebuild their lives. My office has just been informed that FEMA will evacuate nearly 90 families who received temporary housing throughout New York City after Hurricane Maria, and these families will immediately lose their Transient Shelter Assistance (TSA) benefits and be asked to withdraw from their temporary hotels on April 21, which is almost a month before the anticipated deadline of May 14. I contacted FEMA and will send a letter urging that the moving date be extended to allow these affected families the opportunity to make a proper transition to long-term housing, as they are still suffering from seizures and side effects. caused by the storm to your daily life.