Hous­ing aid to end for hur­ri­cane vic­tims

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - NATION & WORLD -

A judge says the fed­eral gov­ern­ment can end a tem­po­rary hous­ing vouch­ing pro­gram for Puerto Ri­can hur­ri­cane evac­uees.

Judge Ti­mothy Hill­man on Thurs­day de­nied an ef­fort to force the gov­ern­ment to con­tinue pro­vid­ing aid that has al­lowed evac­uees to live in ho­tels in the U.S. Hill­man also or­dered the Fed­eral Emer- gency Man­age­ment Agency to keep the pro­gram in place through Sept. 13 to give the evac­uees time to make other plans.

Hill­man ex­pressed re­morse at his de­ci­sion, but said his hands were tied by the law. He said he can­not or­der the gov­ern­ment “to do that which in a hu­man­i­tar­ian and car­ing world should be done.”

The evac­uees have been liv­ing in ho­tels on the main­land since they fled the is­land af­ter Hur­ri­cane Maria last Septem­ber. The aid was sup­posed to ex­pire June 30.

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