Nelson seeks more help for storm vic­tims

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - Jeff Weiner, Bianca Padró Oca­sio

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson filed leg­is­la­tion to force FEMA to of­fer ad­di­tional hous­ing as­sis­tance for fam­i­lies dis­placed by last year’s hur­ri­canes, his of­fice said.

In a press re­lease, Nelson’s of­fice said the bill would re­quire FEMA and the Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment to ac­ti­vate the Dis­as­ter Hous­ing As­sis­tance Pro­gram as a means to ex­tend aid for those af­fected by hur­ri­canes Irma and Maria through Feb­ru­ary 2019. The bill’s fil­ing comes as ho­tel vouch­ers is­sued through FEMA’s Tran­si­tional Shel­ter­ing As­sis­tance pro­gram are slated to ex­pire June 30.

In a graphic posted to the agency’s web­site, FEMA blasted the claim that the DHAP pro­gram “is nec­es­sary to ad­dress the hous­ing needs of Puerto Rico sur­vivors” as a “myth.”

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