Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on January 8 called on FEMA to extend the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program in Puerto Rico through the end of the 2018 school year. He also called for FEMA and HUD to begin to work together to provide longer-term housing solutions, including tapping into existing networks of local housing authorities to provide rental assistance and case management services. “I saw firsthand during my visit last week the ongoing economic and humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, where much of the island still lacks power and clean water,” said Mr. Blumenthal, “and the federal response has been a shameful disgrace.” In October, Senators Blumenthal and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) wrote to FEMA to urge the agency to enter into an interagency agreement with HUD to allow displaced families in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the Virgin Islands to access housing assistance. FEMA has yet to respond.
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