Issue #10: HUD allocates $1B for disaster relief, the FEMA TSA deadline was extended again and more
|Aug 6, 2018|
Last week the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced plans to set aside $1.5 billion for a disaster recovery plan for Puerto Rico. The funds were allocated in February, but HUD just released the specifics of how the money will be spent. Most of it, $1 billion, will be used to repair housing on the island.
“Today, we turn an important corner in our long-term effort to rebuild hard-hit communities in Puerto Rico. This is just the beginning — billions in federal disaster recovery funding will soon be put to work and help our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico rebuild their homes and their lives.” – Ben Carson, HUD Secretary
Displaced Puerto Ricans Have Another Month of Housing—But What’s Next? FEMA’s TSA program has been extended again – this time until Aug. 31. (Yessenia Funes / Earther)
Organizations Sue FEMA Over Information Tied to Hurricane Marial: The Center for Investigative Reporting in Puerto Rico and LatinoJustice allege that FEMA has failed to provide requested documents concerning the agency’s relief efforts in Puerto Rico. (Emily Birnbaum / The Hill)
Researchers Are Still Counting the Dead From Hurricane Maria: A new estimate puts the death toll from Hurricane Maria at 1,139. (Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic)
Puerto Rico Power Company CEO Expects Privatization in Two Years: PREPA is on its sixth CEO since November. (Michelle Kaske / Bloomberg)
Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Control Board: A Parallel Government Full of Lawyers and Consultants: “This is a group of extremely specialized lawyers who go around the world to deal with these government insolvency cases and they charge a lot of money. This was already known.” – Carlo Altieri, a former federal bankruptcy judge (Luis J. Valentín Ortiz / Center for Investigative Journalism)
Puerto Rico's Wounded Medicaid Program Faces Even Deeper Cuts: “These people who have been under our service for the last four or five years — all of a sudden I have to abandon them.” – Dr. José Joaquín Vargas, president and chief medical adviser for VarMed (Sarah Varney and Carmen Heredia Rodriguez / NPR)
Local NGOs Repair Puerto Rico’s Coral Reefs in Maria’s Aftermath: An estimated 10 percent of Puerto Rico’s corals were broken or damaged by Hurricane Maria. Grupo V.I.D.A.S. is attempting to restore them. (Bobby Bascomb and Stephen Schmidt / PRI)
Thanks for reading. If you have news you think should be considered for inclusion in next week’s issue, please email email@example.com.