The city of Holyoke is still feeling the effects of a catastrophic hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico a year and a half ago.
Hurricane Maria caused a huge migration of people trying to escape the chaos left by the Category 5 storm.
Many of those hurricane refugees have settled in Holyoke, and Governor Charlie Baker is providing resources to help the affected people.
A presentation was held in Holyoke Thursday night to talk about how those resources will be used to support families who migrate to the Commonwealth.
“The challenge was how to respond to this incoming population that was in need when you have a population in Holyoke already in need,” said Carlos Vargas-Ramos at the Center of Puerto Rico Studies.
This study’s goal is to understand what worked and what did not work in Holyoke’s efforts to provide support after the storm.