With federal shelter aid set to end Saturday, members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation issued a final plea this week for the Trump administration to offer disaster housing assistance to the more than 1,600 Puerto Rican families still displaced by Hurricane Maria.
Arguing that the government has not done enough to ensure that all survivors of the September storm have long-term, stable housing, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, and other congressional lawmakers reiterated their call for federal officials to take action.
The lawmakers, who have repeatedly pressed the administration to utilize the Disaster Housing Assistance Program, again urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency to activate the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program, which provides subsidies to help individuals with rent payments, security deposits or utility costs.
“Ensuring that all of Hurricane Maria’s survivors can secure a safe and affordable place to call home as they begin to rebuild their communities is critical and, for that, we call upon you to activate the Disaster Housing Assistance Program,” they wrote in a letter sent to FEMA Administrator Brock Long and HUD Secretary Ben Carson.