Press Release: Red Cross Continues to Assist Residents Displaced by Two Fires in Yonkers

Red Cross Continues to Assist Residents Displaced by Two Fires in Yonkers

Update Feb. 1, 2012: – The Red Cross continues to assist Yonkers residents displaced by two 3-alarm fires that occurred last Monday. Tuesday evening, trained Red Cross volunteers provided 24 people with a safe place to sleep, food, beverages and emotional support at the Red Cross shelter at the Police Athletic League in Yonkers, New York.

The shelter will remain open at least through Thursday afternoon for residents who are not yet able to return to their damaged homes or who have not yet secured longer-term housing from city agencies.

The Red Cross stands ready to provide further services and support as needed to all those affected In the coming days.

January 31, 2012 – Nearly 70 Yonkers, N.Y., residents found themselves homeless yesterday evening after a pair of 3-alarm fires destroyed a building on Lincoln Terrace and severely damaged one on Currans Lane.

These displaced residents received comfort and assistance from Red Cross relief workers at a reception center set up at the nearby Yonkers Police Athletic League (PAL) at 127 North Broadway.

Assistance came in the form of meals, beverages, health services and emotional support. The PAL reception center was later transformed into a Red Cross shelter where 35 of these residents, including many young children, spent the night.

Red Cross volunteers also provided a number of families with emergency funds for basic necessities such as replacement clothing, as well as referrals to other agencies that can help with their longer-term needs.

Today, representatives from several organizations, including the Department of Social Services, are at the shelter, working with residents to help with their future housing needs.

The shelter will remain open this evening.

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