As of tonight, March 14, the American Red Cross is closing its shelter, located at The Salvation Army at 175 East 125th Street, as the City arranges for residents displaced by this week’s East Harlem explosion to be moved to other accommodations. The shelter will remain open until the last remaining person has been placed.
The Red Cross will continue to provide services at The New York City Resident Service Center, which will move to 1580 Park Avenue (La Marqueta, located under MetroNorth train, near 113th Street), and will operate from 9am to 5pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
This afternoon, Mayor de Blasio took a tour and praised the Red Cross and The Salvation Army for their efforts in helping those affected by Wednesday’s tragedy.
Yesterday and today, a number of NYC elected officials visited the shelter, including City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito; Deputy Mayor for Health And Human Services, Lilliam Barrios-Paoli; Vicky Been, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development; Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer; and Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez.
Last night, the Red Cross sheltered 45 adults and 12 children. Red Cross services provided at the facility included shelter, food, emotional support, health services, special services for children, one-on-one casework, and transportation (for example, transporting children to school).
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 follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.