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Puerto Rican evacuees continue search for permanent housing

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Families from Puerto Rico are facing looming housing deadlines.

Many met with staff of Senators Markey and Warren on Thursday.

Hurricane victims are asking for long-term solutions from lawmakers.

There is a little more than a month left before the deadline and people we spoke to said that they are not sure what they will do.

"We have until June 30, but after June 30, we don't know where we are going to go, what's going to happen," said Ramon Siaca.
It's uncertain times for Puerto Rican evacuees. as many families search for permanent housing.

Many families have been calling hotels 'home' since Hurricane Maria devastated the island back in September.

Funding deadlines have come and gone, but a firm deadline is set in just a few short weeks.  
"We are in the same place.  What's going to happen after the 30th?  because that's all we have.  It's the last extension they are going to give," said Brenda Hernandez.
Hurricane victims met again today with staff from Senator Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren's office.

Some of them spoke with Western Mass News afterwards.
"I think we had a really productive conversation about how we can work in partnership to that end," said Tara Parrish with the Pioneer Valley Project.
Massachusetts has received the second highest number of hurricane victims, following right behind Florida.

The ultimate goal is to find permanent housing solutions.
"I thought they would have answers, some type of plan.  That we would leave happy," Siaca added.
While the future remains foggy, supporters and families alike remain optimistic.
"We are going to be working with our partners across the country to support the legislation that has been introduced both by Senator Markey and Warren and Bill Nelson from Florida," Parrish said.

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