U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development Friday to work together on long-term housing solutions for those displaced by Hurricane Maria.
The senators, along with Democratic colleagues from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, asked FEMA Administrator William “Brock” Long to immediately enter an agreement with HUD “to stand up the Disaster Housing Assistance Program and address the medium- and longer-term housing needs” of Puerto Rican evacuees.
“The Puerto Rican survivors of Hurricane Maria are U.S. citizens, who have experienced tremendous loss and hardship over the last year,” they wrote in a Friday letter to Long. “FEMA’s refusal to use the tools at its disposal, including DHAP, to help these survivors is puzzling — and profoundly troubling. I urge you to immediately reverse course and work with HUD to stand up the DHAP, to finally give these survivors permanent relief and stability.”