Early Friday morning Red Cross volunteers rushed to the scene of a massive fire on Valentine Ave in the Tremont section of the Bronx. The fire tore through nearly an entire block of homes, severely damaging several buildings and leaving 89 people homeless.
Several Red Cross teams arrived on the scene to provide emergency relief to those affected by the blaze, later setting up a reception center at a nearby Salvation Army. Red Cross staff distributed blankets, food, water and met one-on-one with families to assess emergency needs—temporary housing as well as health and emotional support.
Of the nearly 90 people volunteers met with at the scene, 51 required temporary housing that the Red Cross provided. Residents also received emergency financial assistance for basic necessities like food and clothing. In the days that followed, Red Cross caseworkers met one on one with families to provide additional assistance including referrals to partner organizations for longer term housing, and other community resources available to them.