>> Jaykarey Skerett and her three children fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island in September, and have been living in a motel room in Kissimmee, Florida, paid for by the US Government. The family was facing eviction at checkout time on July 4th. With a temporary sheltering assistance program funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, coming to an end.
But Tuesday, a much needed extension, by court order from a US judge for Skerett and hundreds of other displaced Puerto Ricans. Many of whom say that going back to Puerto Rico is not an option.>>
> Because of the lack of water and electricty, it comes and goes.
Besides that, the education is incredibly bad. My children don't get the services they get here. That's one of the reasons we don't go back to Puerto Rico, because that's like going backwards.>> But even this extension, only a few weeks long, is not enough, says Reuters Jon Herskowitz
>> We spoke to a few families and they're really caught in a difficult situation. Because they can't go back to the island, cuz they lost homes, they lost money, they don't have anything there that would hold them. And in Florida, they can't afford the cost of living. Rents are too expensive for them, their savings have been depleted.
So they can only stay in Florida with the help of this aid from FEMA.>> Since Hurricane Maria, about 4% of Puerto Rico's population has fled to the US mainland, as infrastructure that was already in bad shape before the hurricane struck has fallen apart.>> The hurricane just dealt a devastating blow to the island, which was already facing massive unemployment, chronic poverty.
And the hurricane knocked out the electric grid, Knock out the water supply.>> Under Wednesdays court order, Puerto Ricans have FEMA funded temporary housing till July 24th. After that, their lives could be in limbo once again.