Gov. Ned Lamont announces funding to help displaced Puerto Rican families relocating to CT

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(WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont and lawmakers announced Friday that $75,000 in state funding will be used to help with housing for people relocating from the island to our state.

Hurricane Maria in 2017 and the recent earthquakes that have devastated the island, causing widespread damage.

“Puerto Rico has been devastated over the past two years by a series of natural disasters,” said Governor Lamont. “The citizens of Connecticut and particularly our Puerto Rican community are responding to the call for help by providing housing support for those impacted by this latest natural disaster.”

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The aid comes from the current operating budget of the Connecticut Department of Housing and will be granted to several nonprofits that will administer the funding, including Alpha Community Services in Bridgeport, Casa Otoñal in New Haven, Hispanic Coalition in Waterbury, and the San Juan Center in Hartford. The funds are planned to be used for security deposits and rental assistance.

“For the past few years, Puerto Rican families have experienced devastating natural disasters, including numerous recent earthquakes, that have left families with no other choice but leave the island,” said Housing Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno. “We are ready to assist these families in finding stable housing.”

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