Photo Courtesy of Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office
“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,” Mayor Adams said.
By Michael V. Cusenza
Mayor Eric Adams and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City on Monday announced the launch of the Bronx Fire Relief Fund to support those affected by the recent apartment building fire in the Bronx.
New Yorkers interested in contributing to the fund can donate online: 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
Those impacted by Sunday’s fire face a variety of associated costs. The Bronx Fire Relief Fund will provide them with financial relief as they recover and rebuild, officials said.
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.
For local updates, individuals can text 181STFIRE to 692692 for updates and resources for victims.
“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.”
The fund builds upon the strong initial support provided by first responders, city services and grassroots organizations. First responders from the City Fire Department, the City Office Emergency Management, 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 noon-8 p.m., where individuals can receive assistance with City services including housing, COVID-19 testing, food, burial assistance, and mental health support. In addition:
- The City will ensure all families impacted by the fire have access to safe housing.
- The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 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 has coordinated an interfaith outreach response to connect clergy with impacted families.
- OEM and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs are ensuring interpreters are present to help individuals access services.
“In times of tragedy, Bronxites and New Yorkers always put their best foot forward and show their resiliency,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson. “I want to thank Mayor Adams and The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City for acting quickly to support the victims of this horrific 5-alarm fire. I continue to pray for the loved ones of the 19 Bronx residents we lost yesterday and their loved ones, and I encourage anyone who is able to help to please do so.”