Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced companion bills in the Senate and House of Representatives to required FEMA to conduct a study and report on best practices in conducting mortality counts after major disasters. “Whether it be Hurricane Maria or another natural disaster to come,” Ms. Kamala Harris stated, “the accuracy of the death toll has a direct impact on an area’s recovery.” These bills come in response to a Harvard study that found the death toll in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria to be over 4600, far higher than the official count of 64.
Representatives Al Green (D-TX) and Ann Wagner (R-MO) introduced the “Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2019” (H.R. 3702) on July 11. The bi-partisan legislation will formally authorize HUD’s…July 15, 2019
Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition member Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico submitted a complaint to HUD’s Office of the Inspector General detailing numerous problems with the Puerto Rico Department of…July 15, 2019
The following is a review of additional disaster housing recovery developments since the last edition of Memo to Members and Partners (for the article in the previous Memo, see 7/1). Federal Action…July 15, 2019