“Still in crisis” | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen

Nelliebelle Cordero is distressed.

The 41-year-old mother of three came to New York City after her home in Arecibo, Puerto Rico was destroyed by Hurricane María.

She arrived in the city last November to stay with family members, but could remain there only very briefly.

After applying for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Cordero was given a voucher to stay in a Brooklyn hotel, where she is has been since December with her children.

She said the strain of losing her home, transplanting to another city and caring for her youngest son, who is autistic, has left her exhausted.

“My stress is to the point where I am getting psychiatric help for my depression,” said Cordero, who commutes with two of her children to the Bronx every weekday so they can go to school.

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