Detroit, MI — The American Red Cross remains focused on helping communities in the aftermath of the spring floods across Michigan. We are working with emergency management and community partners to help those impacted. The Red Cross focuses on providing safe shelter, food, emergency relief supplies, emotional support, health services and recovery assistance.
An Immediate Assistance Program has been stablished to provide emergency financial support to people whose homes sustained major damage or have been destroyed. Heads of households whose homes, either rented or owned, received major damage or were destroyed should contact the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, Option #4 to complete an application for financial assistance. Assistance lines are open
- Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
- Saturday from 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. T
The deadline to apply for emergency assistance is Monday, June 22, 2020.
The Red Cross is also continuing to provide temporary emergency lodging to people who need a temporary place to stay due to flood damage to their homes. Emergency lodging is not intended to stay open for long periods of time. That’s why organizations involved in relief efforts are striving to help people whose homes are unlivable.
Red Cross workers are connecting with current lodging residents to help them plan for the future and make housing arrangements in partnership with other community organizations. During this era of Covid-19, the Red Cross works with public health officials to ensure the safety of our disaster clients and our workforce, while still providing help and hope.
When our temporary emergency lodgings begin to close it is a sign that parts of the community are beginning to recover. Residents are making plans for their next steps by either returning home or moving into a more comfortable and long-term housing situations.
All Red Cross services, including financial assistance and temporary emergency lodging, are free and available to eligible households, regardless of citizenship or residency status, nationality, race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
Additional forms of support are available to the community. To learn about other resources call 2-1-1 or visit https://redcrossdisasterresources.auntbertha.com/.
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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us onTwitter at @RedCross.