FEMA approves additional $34 million in Public Assistance grants for Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $34 million in additional Public Assistance grants for “emergency protective measures, debris removal and management costs” related to Hurricane María recovery on the island, according to a release published Friday.
To date, the FEMA Public Assistance program has approved $2.6 billion in funding for Puerto Rico’s municipalities and central government, which administers the funds.
The agency defines emergency protective measures as “actions taken to eliminate or lessen immediate threats either to lives, public health or safety, or significant additional damage to public or private property in a cost-effective manner.”
The grants were awarded as follows:
• $18 million to the Central Recovery and Reconstruction Office of Puerto Rico
• More than $7.3 million to Caguas
• More than $3.2 million to San Lorenzo
• Nearly $1.9 million to Coamo
• More than $1.5 million to Puerto Rico Department of Education
• Nearly $1.3 million to Loíza
• More than $1 million to Fajardo
The Education Department grant is to purchase 300 temporary modular classrooms for 121 schools as temporary facilities damaged by Hurricane Maria.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to eligible government and certain private nonprofit organizations. The program also “encourages protection” of damaged facilities from future events by “providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures,” FEMA added.
Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González also announced the new grants before departing Thursday from Washington, D.C. to Puerto Rico with a delegation of 16 members of Congress, led by House Minority LeaderNancy Pelosi.