PUERTO RICO

Minutes into touring the Mark Twain House in Hartford, the visitors came across a black-and-white photo of a young Clara Clemens, a daughter of Mark Twain. Soon, it dawned on everyone that Clara looks a lot like Milianis Rivera, a Puerto Rican evacuee.

Puerto Rican families displaced by hurricanes last year and relocated to Western Massachusetts seek help from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and are trying to deliver messages to their offices in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will keep paying for temporary housing until the end of June for hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico. But it says it's the last extension it will offer. 

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz talks to about 250 people at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
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Right after Time magazine named her one of the most influential people of 2018, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz traveled to Holyoke, Massachusetts, a city some call Little Puerto Rico.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz in a PBS NewsHour video from October 2017.
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The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is visiting western Massachusetts, starting Wednesday, to discuss Puerto Rico's future and ongoing challenges seven months after Hurricane Maria.

A sprightly “Good morning!” awaited students and parents who approached Sanchez Elementary School on the Friday before spring break.

Maybe the school staff was in an extra good mood? But Merelys Torres, secretary of Sanchez’s parent-teacher organization, said it’s like this every morning. She noticed it right away when her family came to Hartford from Puerto Rico last fall — a sensitive time for her two kids.

Evacuees from Puerto Rico gather in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, facing a housing crisis.
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Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico won’t be evicted from temporary housing on Friday. A federal program offering assistance will get a funding extension until May 14. 

The entire island of Puerto Rico lost power Wednesday morning-- its second major outage in a week.

Evacuees from Puerto Rico and activists gathered in Springfield Thursday.
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In the wake of an island-wide blackout, evacuees from Puerto Rico living in western Massachusetts gathered Thursday at the Springfield offices of U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey to call for a housing solution. 

Six months after Hurricane Maria, evacuees from Puerto Rico are still looking for affordable places to live. And they’re looking to the government for help, particularly through available public housing, but they’re not getting it.

It’s mid-March and Hartford Public High School teacher Bridget Allison goes over essay-writing tips for her fourth-period class. After a while, she checks in on a group of students who are seated together — a few of the evacuees from Puerto Rico.

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