The Puerto Rico evacuee relief center established at Orlando International Airport two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island and sent thousands of displaced Puerto Ricans to Florida, is moving off the airport property next week, to an office location nearby.

The Multi-Agency Resource Center, which has provided advice and referral services to thousands of Puerto Rico evacuees entering Florida through Orlando International Airport, is moving to 6490 Hazeltine Dr., Suite 170, in an office park about a mile northeast of the north entrance to the airport. The new center will open next Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The center was established by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and staffed by representatives of federal, state and local agencies and non-profit organizations offering assistance ranging from housing referrals to school placement to health care referrals.

Since early October, more than a quarter million people have left Puerto Rico for Florida, most arriving in either Orlando or Miami. The Multi-Agency Resource Center in Miami will remain at Miami International Airport.

The Orlando center is moving, the Division of Emergency Management said, because many of the individuals affected by Hurricane Maria arriving at Orlando International Airport are leaving the airport upon arrival, only to return later to access the services.

Operating hours will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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