Displaced Puerto Ricans meet with Massachusetts senators over aid deadline

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Families forced to flee Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria could soon lose their emergency assistance benefits.

These families were asking for help from federal officials, and now they’re receiving it.

Thursday, Puerto Rican families rallied outside the Springfield offices of Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, as they did not have permission to go inside. Today, the families were able to go inside the building, where Senators Warren and Markey held office hours to listen to the cases of families impacted by this situation.

Many families face a final FEMA deadline of Friday and a Red Cross deadline of April 24 for temporary housing.

Betty Ramos, who is among those displaced from Puerto Rico, told 22News, “But in our case, this is not fair for us we are American citizens and in the case, we are in now we are going without eating.”

Both senators sent a letter to FEMA calling on the agency to allow families to continue living in shelter assistance, due to the continued power outages on the island and limited financial resources.

22News contacted the Pioneer Valley Workers Center to find out the result of the meetings. We are still waiting to hear back.

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