The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced a program to relocate Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
The Transitional Sheltering Assistance program is available to Puerto Ricans who are unable to return to their homes because of storm damage.
Using your tax dollars, FEMA will pay for eligible applicants to fly to the U.S. and stay at a hotel until they can return home. FEMA will also pay for the evacuees to fly back to Puerto Rico after the repairs have been made.
For eligible applicants currently on Puerto Rico:
- Consistent with the Governor’s request, FEMA will prioritize placements for the people who are currently residing in emergency shelters in order to target those most in need.
- FEMA will be providing transportation to select locations in the Continental United States, where you will be connected with support services and lodging. 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 also will be provided for your return back to Puerto Rico.
- Applicants should expect that it may take several weeks to arrange transportation, given the limited availability of commercial flights.
For eligible applicants currently in the Continental United States:
- Make sure you update FEMA with current information by contacting us.
- may stay at any participating hotel.
- FEMA will not reimburse for travel that already occurred, or travel to a participating hotel within the Continental United States.
- Applicants should expect that it may take approximately one week before hotels have the information necessary for you to check in.
- Applicants are responsible for identifying a participating hotel and checking for availability.
For more details on the FEMA’s TSA program, click HERE.
For a list of participating hotels, click HERE.