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Mayor Eric Adams and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City today announced the launch of the Bronx Fire Relief Fund to support those affected by the recent apartment building fire in the Bronx.
“Yesterday’s fire in the Bronx is an unspeakable tragedy, but I promise New York City will be there to help our neighbors through it,” said Mayor Eric Adams. “I’m grateful to the all of the firefighters, EMS workers, and first responders who responded within minutes to save lives. The City stands ready to give impacted families all the support they need — it’s what we do. Every dollar given to the Mayor’s Fund will go directly to those affected by the fire; please give if you can and together we will get through this.”
“After the tragic fire in the Bronx, New Yorkers have stepped up to the plate to help their neighbors in need as they have always done,” said Daniele Baierlein and Jorge Luis Paniagua Valle, Co-Executive Directors of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. “The Mayor’s Fund is proud to work with The City of New York to raise funds from grassroots donors and partnering with leaders in the business and philanthropic community to support the victims and their families.”
Those impacted by the fire on January 9th face a variety of associated costs. The Bronx Fire Relief Fund will provide them with financial relief as they recover and rebuild.
The fund builds upon the strong initial support provided by first responders, city services and grassroots organizations. First responders from the Fire Department (FDNY), the New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM), and the American Red Cross provided critical assistance during and immediately following the fire.
NYCEM established a service center at Monroe College open daily from 12 to 8pm, where individuals can receive assistance with City services including housing, COVID-19 testing, food, burial assistance, and mental health support.
*The City will ensure all families impacted by the fire have access to safe housing.
*The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has trained mental health professionals on-site at all hotels and the Monroe College service center to provide emotional support, crisis counseling, and to provide referrals.
*The Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) has coordinated an interfaith outreach response to connect clergy with impacted families.
*NYCEM and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) are ensuring interpreters are present to help individuals access services.
For local updates, individuals can text ‘181STFIRE’ to 692692 for updates and resources for victims. For information on the status of loved ones, call 311.
Locally based organizations, neighbors in the community and that State are also providing additional support to those in need, including the Bronx Community Foundation, and the Gambian Youth Organization.
New Yorkers interested in contributing to the fund can donate online: www.nyc.gov/fund, or by mailing a check, made payable to “The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City” indicating that donations are for the Bronx Fire Relief Fund in the memo field or in a note enclosed with the check:
Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
253 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10007