FEMA will provide transitional housing in Central Florida for Puerto Ricans who are unable to return to their homes due to damage from hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Transitional Sheltering Assistance allows eligible applicants to shelter in a hotel or motel, for a limited time, as a bridge to longer-term housing. FEMA will pay all costs for rooms and taxes through direct payments to participating hotels and motels.

FEMA will prioritize placements for the people who are currently residing in emergency shelters in order to target those most in need.

The government agency will be providing transportation to select locations in the U.S., including Orlando, where the evacuees will be connected with support services and lodging.

Since October 3, nearly 1,000 evacuees a day have been arriving at Orlando International Airport‘s Disaster Relief Center where 27 social service agencies are providing help. The center has served 16,200 people since Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order to create centers throughout Florida, according to an airport spokesperson.

FEMA will not provide any additional transportation within the continental United States and cannot provide reimbursement for travel arrangements you may have already made.

Transportation will be provided for a return back to Puerto Rico.

Eligible applicants currently in the United States may stay at any participating hotel. Applicants are responsible for identifying a participating hotel and checking for availability.

To be considered for these programs, a disaster survivor must be registered with FEMA for disaster assistance online at disasterassistance.gov, via the FEMA App, or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

To find a participating hotel, go to: http://ww.femaevachotels.com/index.php.

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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