Since early last night, the American Red Cross has been helping more than 100 residents displaced by a tragic 4-alarm fire that tore through 512 West 138th Street in Manhattan, taking one life.
At a relief center set up at nearby P.S. 192, 500 W. 136th Street, Red Cross teams, comprised primarily of volunteers, provided comfort in the form of hot meals, health services, emotional support, and other assistance to those displaced. Red Cross also provided emergency housing at local hotels to those that needed it—10 families of 30 adults and 33 children.
“After a week of major responses, helping communities on Long Island after record flooding and people in Yonkers affected by another huge fire, the Greater New York Red Cross is now helping our neighbors in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan, who have been forced from their homes by yesterday’s tragic blaze,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO of the Greater New York Region. “We will remain on the scene as long as needed to be there for our neighbors whose lives have been turned upside down by this disaster.”
Today the relief center remains open and the same emergency relief is still available. Additionally, Red Cross caseworkers are working one-on-one with families at the school to connect them with further community resources to help them start back on the road to recovery.
Last year, in late July, the Red Cross responded to a 5-alarm fire in the same neighborhood, on West, 139th Street. At that time, P.S. 192 also opened its doors to the Red Cross so it could provide assistance to those affected.
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.