Hurricane Maria evacuees in Philadelphia are facing homelessness before February 14th. At least 800 families have arrived in Philadelphia since Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico in September 2017. Evacuees have lost their homes, their belongings, their livelihoods, and their communities in Puerto Rico. Left without electricity and water for months and unable to return to work or obtain quality healthcare, people have no viable way to remain in Puerto Rico to support themselves and their families.
Now many of the 87 families across Pennsylvania staying in FEMA-funded hotel rooms have received February 14th eviction notices. These evacuees will be forced from hotel rooms into the streets.
The majority of the Puerto Rican evacuee families are living in cramped and unsafe conditions--on air mattresses, in living rooms, several families to a home. The federal government, the state of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia must step up and provide IMMEDIATE housing and financial disaster aid to all Puerto Rican evacuees seeking refuge in Philly.