TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A year and a half ago to this day, Hurricane Maria ravaged through parts of Puerto Rico, leaving many to flee to the Sunshine State.
Some of those who relocated found sanctuary in Panama City until Oct. 10, 2018.
Those who originally sought refuge in Panama City from Hurricane Maria found themselves facing another natural disaster in Hurricane Michael.
Because of the storm, many of them are now homeless again and calling on lawmakers to help them.
"We have lost our belongings, our roofs, we have lost everything in such short time. It cost us so much to raise ourselves up again as families in a new place," said Helga Iris Llinas Agosto.
Florida Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez says he and other senators will continue to demand disaster relief funds to more than 100 families who were displaced after two hurricanes.
"There is a legitimate concern that they are raising that they do not want to be forgotten. Many people in these communities that I've spoken to or heard from have said that there is a fear that they will be forgotten. Our message is that you will not be forgotten," said Rodriguez.
Two non-profit organizations, the Alianza for Progress and Boricuas de Corazon, are hoping to reach a goal of least $70,000 to help the families find housing.