Ever since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaders of New Haven Agencies and charitable groups get together every week to talk about how to help the thousands of evacuees who settled in Connecticut."They all come with different expertise, so when you bring everybody together, then we can provide a more holistic plan," said Mayor Toni Harp, (D) New Haven.Puerto Rico became a United States territory and the "Porto Rico Regiment" (Puerto Rico's name was changed to Porto Rico) was established on the island. As citizens of the United States, Puerto Ricans have participated in every major United States military engagement from World War I onward.During World War II, Puerto Ricans participated in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters, not only as combatants, but also as commanders. (WTNH)-- Some Puerto Rican evacuees now living in Connecticut are facing a deadline this week.The federal government put them up in hotels after hurricanes damaged their homes but that funding is about to run out.Five months later, FEMA now says it is going to stop paying for those rooms for anyone whose house in Puerto Rico is deemed "habitable.""Habitable means it has to have a roof, electricity and water, and a roof could be a blue tarp roof, we all understand that," explained New Haven Deputy Director of Emergency Operations Rick Fontana.Aid groups here are stepping up to help evacuees stay in Connecticut longer, because they believe US citizens deserve more than a tarp."I understand that it's habitable, the four walls are up and you have a roof over your head of some sort," Serrecchia said. The recorded military history of Puerto Rico encompasses the period from the 16th century, when Spanish conquistadores battled native Taínos in the rebellion of 1511, to the present employment of Puerto Ricans in the United States Armed Forces in the military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.Puerto Rico was part of the Spanish Empire for four centuries, during which the people of Puerto Rico defended themselves against invasions from the British, French, and Dutch.An explosion and fire at a power substation this weekend set back efforts at restoring electricity, and De Lauro saw the rest of the physical devastation on a visit to Puerto Rico less than 3 weeks ago."Still, not everyone is able to have clean drinking water," De Lauro said."We're looking at houses that have blue tarps on them, but not a roof over their heads."The federal government has been paying for their hotels here until they could go back there.