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100 Puerto Rico evacuees return to W.Mass from Washington D.C. trip

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Puerto Rico evacuees that have been living in a West Springfield hotel returned to western Massachusetts Thursday night after a visit to our nation's capital. 

One hundred displaced Puerto Rico residents traveled to Washington D.C. this week to address their fight for permanent housing as the FEMA deadline is coming to a close.

Over the course of two days, families spent their time lobbying members of congress to activate the FEMA Disaster Housing Assistance Program. 

"They agreed to help us. We have really great news and are only waiting for FEMA to talk to," said Yaliz Rolon.

The program has been used following past natural disaster to create long-term housing options for survivors. 

The Pioneer Valley Project said they are dedicated to continue to fight to ensure no displaced families become homeless after the FEMA deadline on June 30.

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