2 years after Hurricane Maria, refugees fight for affordable housing

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2 years after Hurricane Maria, refugees fight for affordable housing


HOUSING.>>PROTESTERS MARCH OUTSIDE THE
INVITATION HOMES OFFICE IN
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS ON FRIDAY. THIS GROUP, MADE UP OF SEVERAL
ACTIVIST ORGANIZATIONS, IS
DEMANDING AFFORDABLE RENTS
DURING A HOUSING CRISIS IN
CENTRAL FLORIDA. CHRIS: LUZ GONZALEZ IS A
HURRICANE MARIA REFUGEE WHO SAYS
SHE LOST HER HOME IN THE STORM
AND MOVED HERE
>>WE DO NOT HAVE A HOUSE, WE
GET HERE, WE ARE ROAMING THROUGH HOTELS FOR SIX MONTHS. WITH UNCERTAINTY OF IF THEY’RE
GOING TO KICK US OUT. CHRIS: GONZALEZ SAYS SHE IS ONE
OF MANY PUERTO RICAN REFUGEES
STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET AND
PUT A ROOF OVER HER MOTHER AND
HERSELF IN ORLANDO. THE PROTESTERS GAVE A LETTER TO
THE LOCAL MANAGER. INVITATION HOMES IS VERY LARGE
HOME LEASING COMPANY.>>RENTAL PRICES ARE RUNNING SKY
HIGH FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA. SO WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOR IS
AFFORDABLE HOUSING. GIVEN ALLOTMENT OF THOSE HOMES
UNDER SECTION EIGHT TO FOLKS WHO
NEED IT, FOLKS WHO QUALIFY. I’M PAYING A THOUSAND 300-$1300. AND I’M ABOUT TO NOT BE ABLE TO
PAY IT. AND HIS MONOTONY JUST IT IS MY
MOTHER, SHE IS ON A FIXED
INCOME. WHO CAN AFFORD IT. CHRIS: FRIDAY MARKS EXACTLY TWO
YEARS SINCE HURRICANE MARIA MADE
LANDFALL IN PUERTO RICO,
DEVASTATING THE ISLAND. LATER, ANOTHER COMMUNITY
GATHERING IN A MORE SOMBER TONE,
PUERTO RICAN GROUPS HELD A VIGIL
AT THE LAKE EOLA FOR HURRICANE
MARIA VICTIMS.>>OVER 3000 INDIVIDUALS LOST
THEIR LIVES, NOT NECESSARILY
BECAUSE OF THE EFFECTS ARE THE
IMPACT OF THE HURRICANE, BUT
BECAUSE OF THE SLOW REACTION
FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. CHRIS: VIGIL ORGANIZERS WE SPOKE
WITH SAY THEY WANT SAFEGUARDS SO
THE FEDERAL MONEY THAT IS GOING
TO PUERTO RICO ENDS UP B


2 Comments

see you in air. · September 21, 2019 at 9:23 am

Put your self together help one anther make your own house learn how to stop depending on gov they don't care go school make something of your self make new changes you can be doctor's, lawyers etc.

Perry Daniels · September 21, 2019 at 11:25 am

Time for these people to go back to Puerto Rico and help rebuild their country.I was born and raised in Florida and I'm retired on a fixed income and I'm surviving. They're looking for more democratic handout. Send them back

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