State leaders: Assistance for Connecticut Hurricane Maria evacuees running thin

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BRIDGEPORT -

It's been almost two years since Hurricane Maria evacuees flooded into Connecticut, but state leaders say many of them still need help.

Some 10,000 people fled Puerto Rico for Connecticut, and many ended up in Bridgeport. Most eventually went back to Puerto Rico, but some remain.

Some of those people who stayed are Johnny Sola and his 80-year-old mother. They chose to stay because of the medical care available for them.

"She's been sick a lot, and thank God there's the resources here where I can keep her healthier," says Sola.

Sola ended up in public housing, but the state is starting to run out of housing assistance for Maria evacuees.

Housing authorities and nonprofits say they can fill the funding void for now. But they plan to ask state lawmakers for extra money next year.

 

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