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Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón

Representing Puerto Rico

Jenniffer González-Colón announces funding for health care and firefighting services

May 16, 2017
Press Release

Washington D.C.- Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón announced today the awarding of federal funds in the amounts of $3,513,298 to the Barceloneta Primary Health Services, Inc. health care center, and of $613,914 to the Puerto Rico Firefighter Corps.

“The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and of Homeland Security both confirmed the granting of highly needed funds to provide medical, dental and pharmacy services to the population in need, as well as to provide our Firefighters with the necessary equipment for better emergency response”, the Resident Commissioner stated.

The money for Barceloneta Primary Health Services, Inc. will be disbursed by HHS under the H80- Health Center Cluster program.  These funds are destined for health care centers that serve populations in designated medically disadvantaged locations or to populations with limited health care access included migrant and seasonal rural workers, the homeless, and public housing residents. 

Meanwhile, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the Homeland Security Department together with the U.S. Fire Administration to strengthen the preparedness and the capacity for safety agencies to respond in fires and related hazards.

The purpose of the program is to provide funding directly to Firefighter Departments, independent Emergency Medical Service organizations and the state fire academies to improve their ability to protect the public health and safety and that of the first responders themselves.