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Intersection: What’s Next For Puerto Rican Evacuees?


A FEMA program that’s been helping Puerto Rican families that have been living in hotels and motels has been extended for a few more weeks. Advocates have been going to court to seek more assistance. Denise Collazo, Chief of Staff of an advocacy group called Faith in Action, and Bob Cortes, Republican state representative, join us to talk about the outlook for these evacuees.
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Destroyed home in Puerto Rico. Photo by Representative Amy Mercado
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Intersection: An Update On Puerto Rico, 5 Months After Maria


Five months after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, knocking out power and crippling infrastructure on the island, power and access to basics like clean water remain an issue for residents there. Intersection takes a look at how far the recovery effort has come, and what life is like for Puerto Ricans who’ve moved to Florida.
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Lack of housing in Central Florida for Puerto Rican Evacuees


More than 100 days after Hurricane Maria’s apocalyptic winds tore through Puerto Rico leaving floods, collapsed houses and bodies in its wake, the island remains shrouded in darkness. Half of 3.4 million U.S. citizens on the American territory are living without power three months after Maria made landfall on Sept. 20 – and many will likely remain that way until May. As Puerto Rico’s situation continues to deteriorate, hundreds of thousands of people have escaped to Florida for a respite from the despair. Instead, they’ve fled headfirst into the state’s affordable housing crisis. Local officials and nonprofits have been scrambling to accommodate evacuees who haven’t been staying with family members into hotels and temporary lodgings as they wait for relief. …
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