On June 30, more than 600 Puerto Rican families in Florida and thousands across the United States will be sent to the streets as their Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) expires. FEMA is refusing to extend it.
With your support and our collective pressure, we can demand that our elected officials act now to prevent that from happening.
Add your name to our letter and demand that FEMA Administrator Brock Long grant these families a new opportunity by establishing a Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) or extending the Direct Lease housing program in Florida.
Meet Maria and Dariel
Maria is one of thousands of people whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Maria, and every day since people like her have struggled to find their footing and secure a better life. Their homes and life on Puerto Rico were swept away and their future is uncertain.
The Direct Lease program covers rent in a real apartment, as opposed to temporary lodging like hotels, by partnering with commercial real estate proprietors. DHAP provides a lifeline for displaced families through public housing assistance and guidance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
After seeking refuge on the mainland these families have worked hard, enrolled their kids in school, and have become members of the community. Many were able to find apartments and build a new life for themselves.
However, there are still hundreds of families living in temporary lodging, unable to return to the homes they knew or find affordable housing in their new communities.
Add your name to our letter and join us in demanding that FEMA act to provide better housing options for these Puerto Rican families that lost everything and have nowhere else to go.
The Alianza for Progress Team