OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Puerto Ricans who came to Central Florida in the wake of Hurricane Maria told Eyewitness News that they’re still having trouble finding a place to live.
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There are at least 71 families who fled Puerto Rico following the hurricane and are living in hotels along U.S. 192 in Kissimmee.
“I can't even sleep. I can't even eat, thinking, 'Where are we going to stay with my kids?” said Desiree Torres, who has three children.
She and her children have been living in a Super 8 Motel since November and her federal assistance for housing expires Feb. 14.
“My experience has been struggling. It's very hard. Thank God, a lot of church has helped,” Torres said.
Torres said she’s been applying for jobs and trying to find a place to live without any luck.
“I am filling my documents of housing and they just tell me you have to wait until 30 to 90 days. Like, I just only have two weeks,” Torres said.
Some people have gotten extensions for FEMA’s transitional shelter assistance until March 20, but the Torres family was denied.
A spokesperson for FEMA told Channel 9’s Johny Fernandez that extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis.
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