The morning of November 18, the American Red Cross responded to a four-alarm fire in a six-story building on St. Nicholas Avenue in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. The blaze began at around 11 a.m. , and the Red Cross was soon on the scene, working to meet the immediate needs of those displaced.
Red Cross responders spoke with 92 adults and 11 children and worked with them to determine their emergency needs, including housing, emotional support, and funds for food and clothing. It was determined that eight households of 24 adults and three children were in need of temporary housing, as well as funds for basic necessities, which the Red Cross provided. All of those displaced were invited to meet one-on-one with Red Cross caseworkers to assess their longer-term needs.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.