FEMA’s TSA Program For Hurricane Victims From Puerto Rico Is Extended Until July 23
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Many Puerto Ricans who have been living in temporary housing on the mainland as a result of Hurricane Maria were granted a reprieve Saturday night (June 30, 2018), the deadline for TSA (Transitional Sheltering Assistance) program when a federal judge blocked the government temporarily from ending an assistance program that was originally set to expire on June 30, 2018 . The U.S. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin of Massachusetts ordered that FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) cannot end its TSA program until at least midnight Tuesday (July 3, 2018). So those depending on the aid to pay for hotel and motel rooms would be able to stay at least until Wednesday (July 4, 2018), according to online court records. FEMA indicated that the number of families in its housing program had decreased from 1,722 on Saturday to 420 on Monday (July 2, 2018).
On Monday (July 2, 2018), after a telephone hearing, U.S. District Judge Timothy Hillman of Massachusetts extended FEMA’s TSA program to July 23, 2018. Many of the Puerto Ricans under this program are currently residing in Florida. In Tuesday’s (July 3, 2018) ruling, Judge Hillman said that “further briefing on the issues would be helpful to the court” and requested both parties address their position in writing before July 18, 2018. By July 23, 2018, the judge will then determine whether further extensions to the FEMA program or formal hearings of testimonies later this summer will be needed.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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