Orlando relief center assists Puerto Rican evacuees at new location

By Paula Machado, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, February 02, 2018, 11:25 PM EST

This Friday marks one month since the Multi-Agency Resource Center relocated from the Orlando International Airport.

  • One month since Multi-Agency Resource Center relocated
  • Center assists families displaced by Hurricane Maria
  • RELATED: Hurricane Maria impact

The center is now located on 6490 Hazeltine Drive and has two big signs for families to easily locate it. The relief center was first opened at MCO after thousands of families displaced by Hurricane Maria arrived in Orlando.

The center is staffed with several organizations that offer help and resources to the families. Some of these organizations include FEMA, Orange County Public Schools, Latino Leadership and United Way among others.

“Our main priority here is offering temporary shelters to families who have a case with FEMA,” said Delitza Fernández, Program Coordinator for United Way. "If they don’t have any family members or a place to stay, obviously we want to help them so we have been providing that temporary shelter. So we put them in hotel until FEMA makes a determination on their cases.”

Most recently a Disaster Case Management organization joined the center as well as Second Harvest Food Bank who donated food items.

When the center first opened in the new location on Jan. 2, a spokesperson said they were serving between 100 and 150 families a day.

Since then that number has decreased to about 40 or 60 families per day. They are, however, busiest on Mondays and Fridays were they’re still hitting about 100 families.

The space where the center currently lives is leased until about mid-March, however, a spokesperson said they’re still evaluating to see if an extension will be needed as they continue receiving families.

Important phone numbers:

  • FEMA: 1-800-621-3362
  • UNITED WAY: 211
  • ORLANDO MARC: 1-850-4135