Resource Fair held for Hurricane Maria victims

Cuyahoga County Resource Fair

(Cleveland) - Families that have come to Cuyahoga County due to the devastation of Hurricane Maria and other storms received help with emergency assistance and other basic needs at a resource fair on Cleveland's near southwest side.  

A team of employees from the Department of Health and Human Services assisted hurricane victims primarily from Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands at a special hurricane response resource fair at the Old Brooklyn Neighborhood Family Service Center on Fulton Parkway. 

Working in partnership with the Spanish American Committee bilingual representatives were on hand to help individuals with limited English proficiency.

Available were representatives from Job and Family Services, Children and Family Services,  Senior and Adult Services, and the Office of Child Support Services. 

Since a series of hurricanes hit Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands in September there has been widespread destruction. 

Gladys Caez of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico told Newsradio WTAM 1100, a landslide practically destroyed her home, and she can no longer live there. She returned to Cleveland to stay with family. 

Almost two months after the storm most of the island’s residents still lack access to electricity and clean water.  

As a result it’s estimated more than 100 families have sought relief with relatives and friends in Cuyahoga County.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM) 

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