Puerto Ricans continue to seek assistance as filing deadline passes

By Jeff Allen, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018, 5:51 PM EST

Friday marked the deadline for Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricanes Irma and Maria to sign up for unemployment assistance.

In January, the U.S. Department of Labor extended the deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance to Feb 9.

On Friday, people continued to sign up for food, housing and employment help at the Multi-Agency Resource Center in Orlando. The center is one of two in Florida; the other is in Miami.

Jeandrilie Font stopped by the resource center in Orlando on Friday. She said she’s continuing to try to find a permant job in Central Florida after she was forced to leave Puerto Rico about two months after Hurricane Maria hit.

She feels fortunate to have made the assistance deadline, but she believes people displaced by the hurricanes will likely need employment assistance for a while longer.

“There are people struggling and people that want to do something here, and I think that would be really good for them,” Font said.

The resource center in Orlando will continue to offer housing, food and other forms of assistance for the foreseeable future. The center is located at 6490 Hazeltine National Drive in Orlando.

People interested in seeking assistance can also visit trabajo.pr.gov or call (787) 754-5353.