PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The governor of Puerto Rico is in Philadelphia to seek aid for hurricane evacuees here, and to mobilize political forces.
Standing before a room full of clergy at Esperanza College of Eastern University, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello says he’ll be meeting with Governor Wolf to enlist his help in having Pennsylvania declared a host state.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Stormy Afternoon Brings In Seasonal Temperatures For Early Next Week
That would make the Keystone State eligible for federal housing aid for hurricane evacuees here. Rossello said Congress hesitated to fully help his island after the devastation of Maria, so political forces here need to mobilize.
“To demonstrate that we are organized and that we will fight for those who will fight for the people of Puerto Rico and that we will oppose those that oppose Puerto Rico,” Rossello said.
More than a thousand Puerto Rican evacuees in Pennsylvania, many in the Philadelphia area, are weeks away from becoming homeless.READ MORE: Flyers Fans Return To Packed Wells Fargo Center For First Time In More Than 500 Days
Next month FEMA will stop funding its transitional shelter assistance program, even though the island is still far from recovered.
“They suffered enough in Puerto Rico. To come here and be homeless it is not right,” said Ana Montanez as she protested outside Esperanza College.
The protesters waited outside to ask the governor to advocate for his people, Puerto Rican evacuees, who are now in Pennsylvania and are struggling to survive here.
When the governor arrived, just after 9 a.m., he did not walk past the protest but rather he stopped, listened and made the group a commitment.”MORE NEWS: Vehicle Hits Multiple Pedestrians Outside Of High School Football Game In Wilmington
“My commitment is by today, in the next 24 hours I will verbally express my concern with these issues and I will have a letter drafter toward FEMA and the local government,” said Gov. Rossello.