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On March 4, 2022, victims of the January-9 fire in the Bronx lined up at the Angelo Patri Middle school, down the street from where the tragedy took place, to receive a check from the Muslim Community Network (MCN).
MCN is one of the nonprofit organizations that raised money in New York City to support the victims after the blaze took seventeen lives and disrupted so many.
The Muslim Community Network (MCN) distributed from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. checks to residents of the 333 Twins Parks North West: $800 to households with a single individual, $1,500 to homes with 2-3 family members, $2,000 to households with four or more family members. The seven families who lost loved ones received $4,000 each.
The organization will use the remaining balance of 38,605.58 for cash assistance, community programs, and advocacy for permanent housing solutions for families living in hotels.
The money, victims said, will be used to pay bills and buy food because food deliveries for some victims ended this week. On March 3, 2022, Bronx Borough President’s office shared in a statement that “beginning March 6, the Latino Restaurant Association will be providing culturally sensitive meals to families housed in area hotels three times per day. Families will receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner at each hotel.”
Besides the Muslim Community Network, victims have received funds from the Gambian Youth Organization: $5,000 per household and $10,000 for every person deceased. Each family received $2,250 from the mayor’s Bronx Fire Relief Fund.
Even though many victims appreciate the financial support, they believe permanent housing is an essential step in rebuilding their lives.