Rep. Kathy Castor forms task force to help displaced Puerto Rican families

By Dalia Dangerfield, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:43 PM EST

A congresswoman from Tampa has formed her own task force to help displaced families arriving from Puerto Rico.

  • Task Force on Puerto Rico Recovery and Assistance formed by Rep. Kathy Castor
  • Group held first meeting Thursday
  • Group comprised of more than two dozen school, city, county leaders

Rep. Kathy Castor formed the Task Force on Puerto Rico Recovery and Assistance, comprised of more than two dozen school, community, city and county leaders. The group held its first meeting on Jan. 11.

Members of the task force said the most significant challenge facing displaced families is housing. Many families are also struggling with the language barrier and finding jobs.

“There are a lot of people who came from Puerto Rico who need help and have to start all over again,” said community organizer Jeannie Calderin, who attended the task force meeting.

Rep. Castor stressed the need for funding to help those who are displaced. She said the current administration is not doing enough to help.

“If these families can't get on their feet, we're going to end up paying a whole lot more,” Castor said.

Since the storm, there have also been complaints about too much governmental red tape to get help. Castor said she wants to help establish a center for Puerto Rico Disaster Relief in Tampa where families have one place to go for assistance.