ALBANY, NY (March 29, 2015) – Nine people spent Saturday night at an American Red Cross shelter following an early morning fire on Albany Street in Schenectady. As the number of residents needing emergency shelter continues to decrease, the American Red Cross has announced plans to close its shelter (located at Christ Church, 970 State Street, Schenectady) on Monday, March 30 at 2:00 P.M.
The Red Cross will work with the Schenectady County Department of Social Services (DSS) to identify alternate housing arrangements for those still in need on Monday night. DSS will also coordinate long-term assistance for residents who may be unable to return to their homes when the Albany Street building reopens.
Red Cross staff and volunteers have spent the weekend providing meals, snacks, health services and emotional support to people affected by the Albany Street fire. In the coming days, the Red Cross will remain available to help families as they continue to navigate the road to recovery.
You can help people affected by disasters like the Albany Street fire and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. To donate, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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 www.redcross.org.