American Red Cross disaster responders were on hand to provide assistance, comfort and caring to those affected by a massive five-alarm blaze at 520 W. 139 St. in Manhattan the afternoon of July 22.
As a result of the blaze, which completely destroyed several apartments on the top floor, the entire building was vacated due to safety concerns, leaving more than 40 families homeless.
Yesterday afternoon, Red Cross teams worked with emergency officials to set up a reception center at a nearby school, P.S. 192, where displaced residents received support in the form of food, water, and health/mental-health services.
Last night, four households (19 adults and 8 children) required emergency housing that the Red Cross provided at local hotels.
Today, the reception center remained open so that residents could meet one-on-one with Red Cross caseworkers to determine their need for housing, as well as or further services from the Red Cross, the city and other community agencies.
The reception center is expected to remain open until all affected residents have met with Red Cross caseworkers to make sure their current needs are met.
The Red Cross will continue to meet with those displaced for additional services as necessary.
The Red Cross thanks Community Board 9 as well as Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s office for the support they provided to residents of 520 West 139th Street.