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Former HUD Deputy Secretary Works at Firm Commissioned for Puerto Rico’s Recovery Efforts
When Pamela H. Patenaude announced her departure as undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Dec. 17, 2018, former Secretary of the Puerto Rico Housing Department, Fernando Gil-Enseñat, and several local officials publicly lamented it. Patenaude, who was second in command after Secretary Ben Carson, was an important ally of the Island after Hurricanes Irma and María in September 2017. Under her tenure, the funding allocation increased from $11 billion to $20 billion through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR). According to The Washington Post, the former federal official advocated for Puerto Rico in accessing the first $1.5 billion allocation of these funds, whose availability was announced in December 2018.