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FEMA to pay airfare to Puerto Rico for hurricane refugees for 2 more months

By on July 3, 2018

SAN JUAN – People who fled Puerto Rico in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and María have until Aug. 30 for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Transportation Assistance program to cover the cost of airfare, luggage and pet fees for their return to the island.

Another FEMA program, Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) was extended to July 23 to comply with a court order. The program provides payments to hotels to shelter survivors while they seek other long-term housing solutions.

The Transportation Assistance program pays for the flight used by eligible disaster refugees, “their household members, household pets and service animals. Covered costs also include up to $100 in luggage fees per person,” Tuesday’s release explains.

To be eligible for transportation back to Puerto Rico, a “survivor’s primary residence before the storms must have been on the island, and he or she must have been displaced from that residence. Survivors must also have been checked into a TSA-participating hotel on May 3,” FEMA further detailed, adding it “does not cover the costs for meals, ground transportation or shuttle services.”

To check on eligibility for transportation assistance and notify FEMA about travel plans, call 800-621-FEMA (3362).

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