REPRESENTATIVE ADRIANO ESPAILLAT LEADS HOUSE AND SENATE MEMBERS TO URGE EXTENSION OF HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR DISPLACED PUERTO RICAN FAMILIES

June 28, 2018
Press Release

Bicameral Letter Demands Immediate Extension of June 30th Deadline for the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program and Activation of the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) led members in the House and Senate to send a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) urging for an immediate extension of the June 30th deadline for Puerto Rican families currently participating in the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program and to request that the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) be activated to ensure these families have the support and assistance to help rebuild their lives following last year’s Hurricane Maria.

“What we are witnessing with the delay to rebuild Puerto Rico is unheard of and never would have happened in any other community,” said Rep. Espaillat (NY-13). “Puerto Rico remains in shambles thanks to President Donald Trump as many of our fellow United States citizens are still struggling to obtain basic and livable housing. Several families still rely on the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program, and we cannot allow these families to fall through the cracks in our system as the island remains in desperate need of repair and TSA is no longer available.”

“The federal government’s response to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico has been completely unacceptable, and too many of our fellow U.S. citizens are still struggling to find stable housing,” Senator Warren said. “FEMA should extend Transitional Shelter Assistance and stand up the Disaster Housing Assistance Program to help families get back on their feet.”

Rep. Espaillat and Sen. Warren introduced the Housing Victims of Major Disasters Act earlier this Congress to ensure that survivors of Hurricane Maria and victims of future disasters have access to the support and resources they need to rebuild. Click here to read the letter in its entirety.

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.

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