ALBANY, NY (March 28, 2015) - The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York is keeping its temporary warming shelter at Christ Church, 970 State Street, open for residents displaced by an early morning fire at 799 Albany Street in the City of Schenectady. Fire damage to the building is limited, but water damage is more extensive. Utilities have been turned off, and temporarily, residents are not able to return to the building, which had 48 units.
Currently, 18 people are staying at the State Street shelter, where Red Cross staffers continue to provide food, water, and a place to stay warm. Lunch was provided earlier this afternoon, and dinner will be brought to the shelter this evening. The shelter will remain open for Albany Street residents until they can return to the affected apartment building or other arrangements can be made.
Red Cross workers will continue to work with all of the displaced residents over the next few days to help them recover from this disaster. In addition to food and housing, medical and mental health services are available as needed.
The Red Cross is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide both short- and long-term assistance to those affected by disasters. The ability for the Red Cross to respond to disasters large and small is made possible solely by the power of volunteers and the generosity of the public. To volunteer and/or donate in support of American Red Cross Disaster Relief, visit www.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.