Nelson seeks more help for storm victims
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.”