ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Source: Florida State Senator Linda Stewart’s Office // State Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) on Monday joined a chorus of calls urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to dispatch emergency housing to Central Florida in order to meet the growing need to provide mass sheltering for evacuees.
“Florida’s existing shortage of housing continues to be overwhelmed by the desperation that resulted from these storms,” said Senator Stewart, who joins Senator Victor Torres (D-Orlando) and Central Florida Heart of Florida United Way Executive Director Jeff Hayward in calling on the Federal government for additional housing options. “I am encouraging state and local officials to address this growing housing crisis. We need to provide immediate shelter with long term support by establishing a welcome village for those who seek refuge from the calamity of Hurricane Irma and Maria.”
Tens of thousands of evacuees from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are seeking refuge in the mainland to begin to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria wreaked destruction on the islands and the southeast United States.