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FEMA funds for PREPA make up most of $593 million federal injection for reconstruction

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón

By The Star Staff

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón on Tuesday announced recently approved federal funds for Puerto Rico totaling just over $593 million.

The federal investment comes from different appropriations from Congress that promote the island’s reconstruction, cultural conservation and better access to education.

The lion’s share of the $593,056,218.05 in funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which assigned $567,728,825.05 to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority for administrative expenses due to Hurricane Maria.

FEMA will also allocate funds for damages that occurred after Hurricane Maria to the Municipality of Jayuya, which will receive $19,901,897 for reconstruction work on Marcos A. Massini Municipal Stadium, which in times of emergency serves as a heliport, and the Filiberto García Sports Complex.

Separately, the U.S. Department of Transportation approved $5 million to Aerostar Airport Holdings LLC to rebuild one of the runways at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.

González Colón, who is also co-chair of the Congressional Hispanic-Serving Institutions Caucus, added that the National Science Foundation approved $24,854 for the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and $56,659 for Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart University) to assist with small projects that benefit disadvantaged populations through the study and teaching of the humanities; while the UPR Cayey Campus will receive $343,983 to help preserve and make accessible a humanities collection under the Humanities Collections and Reference Resource program.

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