Curbelo Urges FEMA To Extend Transitional Shelter Assistance for Monroe County

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Washington, D.C., March 9, 2018 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Today, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) urged Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long to extend the Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) program for Monroe County residents given the unique housing situation facing those still recovering from Hurricane Irma.

Currently, 115 Florida Keys families are still depending on the TSA program for housing assistance. The program is set to expire Sunday, March 11.  

A PDF of the letter is available here and the text of the letter is available below.

March 9, 2018

Brock Long
FEMA Administrator
500 C St SW
Washington, DC 20024

Dear Mr. Long,

As you are aware, the Transitional Shelter Assistance program is set to expire March 11. This program, which provides short-term lodging assistance to disaster survivors dislocated from their homes, has been a critical component of the hurricane recovery effort in the Florida Keys.

On September 18, Governor Rick Scott estimated that 10,000 of the 75,000 Keys residents have been left homeless after Hurricane Irma. Although many residents have been able to find more permanent accommodations, a number of Monroe County residents still require assistance. Because of the severe lack of affordable housing in the Keys, the transition to permanent housing is not as easy as it is in other parts of the country. To compound this hurdle, because the Keys are islands, relocating to the surrounding area would mean residents moving as far as 100 miles from their home.

In recognition of the unique situation facing displaced Keys residents, I respectfully request that the Transitional Shelter Assistance program be extended beyond March 11 for Monroe County.

Thank you for your kind attention to this urgent request.

Carlos Curbelo

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