Tuesday, December 11, 2018

FEMA to end housing program that is helping Puerto Ricans

As Hurricane Florence begins to lash the Carolinas, FEMA has told 987 Puerto Rican families who left their island after Hurricane Maria that check-out time is noon today because the federal government will no longer pay for their rooms. “I have roughly 48 hours to figure it out. What am I going to do?” said Vimarie Cardona on […]

Two organizations sue FEMA after agency fails to release information related to Hurricane Maria

A reporting organization and a legal group filed a lawsuit against FEMA yesterday alleging that the agency has failed to release documents they requested detailing FEMA’s emergency relief efforts following Hurricane Maria last year. “FEMA has tried to escape accountability, dismissing our information requests for nearly six months now and trying to ignore our FOIA petitions,” said Executive […]

FEMA denies housing aid to nearly 80% of Puerto Ricans applicants displaced by Hurricane Maria

After hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Marina were denied FEMA assistance to rebuild their homes, most of the families who have appealed the agency’s decision have not received aid. FEMA has either denied or not answered 79 percent — almost eight-in-ten — of the appeals, leaving residents and officials worried about […]

Judge temporarily blocks FEMA from ending housing assistance to Puerto Ricans

A federal judge on Saturday night temporarily blocked the government from ending housing aid to Puerto Ricans currently living on the mainland after being displaced by Hurricane Maria. U.S. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin extended the program by just a few days, ruling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) cannot end the program until Tuesday. […]

Puerto Rico braces itself as hurricane season approaches

Signs of a slow-moving recovery are apparent in Puerto Rico six months after the territory was devastated by back-to-back hurricanes and two months before the next hurricane season begins. “As the next hurricane season quickly approaches, appropriating funds to a rapid deployment, energy independent private sector disaster recovery and business continuity communications network should be […]

US Army’s top engineer ‘not satisfied’ with post-Maria recovery in Puerto Rico, but claims he can’t go any faster

It’s been 150 days since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, but the island still isn’t at a level of recovery that satisfies the U.S. Army’s top engineer. “I am not satisfied that people in Puerto Rico should have to wait that much time for power,” Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite said Wednesday during an interview […]

Comentarios from Maria: The Crisis at the Border is a Priority for the President

            Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the crisis occurring in the U.S. southern border. Since October of last year, approximately 52 thousand unaccompanied migrant children have crossed the border as a result of gang related violence and economic problems that have erupted in Central America. Faced […]

East Coast Continues Feeling the Ripple Effects of Hurricane Sandy

As of Thursday morning, Hurricane Sandy has caused 75 deaths in the United States, while cutting off power to more than 7 million people and businesses, many of whom have no timeline for when it will be restored. Even though all regions that come into contact with the storm will be affected in a negative way, some […]