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$17.1 million in funding assigned to PR via several federal agencies

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón

By The Star Staff

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón on Sunday announced $17.1 million in federal funding for Puerto Rico, which comes from several federal agencies to support vital health and juvenile justice programs, as well as advance the reconstruction of public infrastructure in communities.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded more than $7.4 million to the municipality of Yauco to continue repairing bridges and roads damaged by Hurricane Maria.

The municipality of San Juan ,meanwhile, will receive over $1.3 million for the repair of public buildings and equipment, also under FEMA. In addition, the island capital will receive under the

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over $7.8 million for child care programs (Head Start and Early Head Start), and $460,242 to provide primary care services under the Health Center Cluster program.

The Office of Socioeconomic and Community Development is receiving $373,667 under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The latter funds provide resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency through prevention and intervention programs to improve the juvenile justice system.

The resident commissioner secured the aforementioned funds during the appropriations approval process in Congress.

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