The American Red Cross continues to provide caring assistance to residents affected by Monday’s five-alarm fire at 520 W. 139th Street in Hamilton Heights.
At a reception center set up at nearby P.S. 192, Red Cross workers are providing food and beverages to dozens of families. The Red Cross is also working with caseworkers from The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development who are assisting with longer-term housing. Red Cross health and mental-health workers are on scene as well to provide support as needed.
As of the afternoon of July 25, a total of 153 people (134 adults and 19 children) have registered for Red Cross services. Of those, 24 households (81 adults and 19 children) required emergency housing at local hotels that the Red Cross provided. Many also received personal care hygiene kits, and debit cards with funds to purchase basic necessities.
The Red Cross thanks Community Board 9, and the offices of Congressman Charles Rangel, City Councilmember Robert Jackson, NYS Assemblyman Keith Wright, NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer for the support they’ve provided to residents of 520 West 139th Street.
The Red Cross will continue to meet with those displaced for additional services as necessary.