At the American Red Cross, we offer our deepest thoughts and condolences to all affected by the horrific fatal fire in the Bronx on January 9, 2022.
As part of our response to this tragedy, the most deadly NYC fire in over 30 years, Red Cross teams rushed to the scene to provide urgent support to our neighbors coping with unimaginable loss and grief.
On Sunday, working closely with local emergency management and other partners, we helped open a Reception Center at a nearby school where families could connect with Red Cross caseworkers to register for relief services as well as our trained mental health volunteers who were on hand to help residents cope with the trauma brought on by such a disaster.
Since Monday, at Monroe College (Ustin Hall, 2375 Jerome Ave, Bronx, NY), our volunteers have been working one-on-one with residents at a Service Center set up by NYC Emergency Management. Our assistance includes food, health assistance, supplies and emotional support. And we continue to register households for lodging and to connect them with community resources. The Red Cross has also activated its integrated care and condolence team, to support grieving families.
Specifically, with the help of partners, the Red Cross has:
- Registered 79 families (326 individuals; 208 adults/117 children)
- Served 711 meals and snacks
- Provided emergency housing for 66 families
- Last night, 57 families were housed (160 adults/58 children)
- Distributed 102 relief items, including blankets and fire clean up kits
- Provided more than 96 individual care contacts to help people with medical, emotional and spiritual support
Our teams will continue supporting this community in the days and weeks to come.
Red Cross assistance is available to anyone in need during times of emergency - regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or citizenship status.
We understand that people want to help, and we appreciate that support. Right now, the Red Cross has what it needs to support the community in the days and weeks to come and is not accepting financial donations designated specifically for this event.