East 181 Street Fire Resources

The City of New York has developed a list of resources for those who were affected by the five-alarm fire on East 181 Street in the Bronx, that occurred January 9, 2022.

Additional information will continue to be added as resources become available. Please continue to check back for updates.

Those seeking services will not be asked about their immigration status.

Sign Up for Notify NYC

If you were affected by the five-alarm fire in the Bronx, stay informed and get the facts. Text "181STFIRE" to 692692 to receive updates about resources and services available to you

 

Si se vio afectado por el incendio de cinco alarmas en Bronx, manténgase informado y obtenga información verídica. Envíe un mensaje de texto con "181STFIRE" al 692692 para recibir actualizaciones sobre los recursos y servicios disponibles para usted.

 

Si vous avez été touché par l'incendie à cinq alarmes dans le Bronx, restez informé et obtenez les faits. Textez "181STFIRE" au 692692 pour recevoir des mises à jour sur les ressources et les services qui vous sont offerts.


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Health & Safety Information

The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene has developed a health information fact sheet for residents affected by this emergency.

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Service Center for Affected Residents

The City has opened a service center for affected residents. Assistance is being provided by City, nongovernmental and nonprofit partners, including American Red Cross in Greater New York, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, NYC Department of Social Services, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and more.

 

Service center location:

Monroe College
Ustin Hall
2375 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY 10468

 

Hours of operation:*

Monday through Friday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (last appointment 7:30 p.m.)
Saturday through Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (last appointment 4:30 p.m.)

 

(*Note: Hours of operation may be subject to change.)

 

Beginning Monday, January 24 through Friday, January 28, the service center will be providing referrals for case management to BronxWorks. If you prefer, you can reach BronxWorks directly, call 646-993-0801 and/or email bxfire2022@bronxworks.org.

On-site interpretation is available at the City service center. Languages include Spanish, French, Wolof, Soninke, Mandingo/Mandinka, and Pulaar.

Flyers

 

Referral Guide

 

*Please do not drop off in-kind donations.*

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Transportation to the Service Center

People who have no other transportation options to visit the service center, especially those disabilities or other access or functional needs, may request transportation assistance by contacting 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115).

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Housing Assistance

American Red Cross in Greater New York

The American Red Cross in Greater New York offers general assistance, including emergency housing, immediate needs, and case management. Call 1-877-733-2767 or visit the Red Cross online.

NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development's Emergency Housing Services offers assistance if your household needs temporary shelter.

  • Call 212-863-7660
  • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Building management of 333 East 181 Street is contacting affected residents to notify them if they can reoccupy their homes. Hotel lodging is still available for those who wish to stay in emergency hotels.

Building management is organizing showings and transportation to the property for impacted residents. Tours are available through Friday, January 21. The first tour is scheduled for 12 p.m. and the second tour is scheduled for 3 p.m.

  • Location: 600 Bergen Avenue, Bronx New York, 10455

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Community-Based Organizations: Assistance & Advocacy

African Communities Together

African Communities Together is an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for families here in the U.S. and worldwide.

Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Families

Sauti Yetu's mission is to mobilize low-income or "no-income" African immigrant women to improve the quality of their lives, strengthen their families and develop their communities in the United States, starting in New York City.

  • Visit sautiyetu.us/about
  • Bronx Office:
    2417 3rd Ave., Suite 205
    Bronx, NY 10451
    Call 718-665-2486
    Fax 718-665-2483

    Staten Island Office:
    380-384 Van Duzer Street, 1st Floor
    Staten Island, NY 10304
    Call 718 665-2486, ext. 301

African Services Committee

African Services is a multiservice agency based in Harlem and dedicated to assisting immigrants, refugees and asylees from across the African Diaspora.

African International Collaborative Center (AICC)

AICC is a multidisciplinary nonprofit organization established for the charitable purpose of promoting and preserving African culture and ethnic pride, unity and diversity, culturally responsive programs and services, empowering African women and youth for success, serving as a hub of resource for African immigrants, civic engagement, grassroot mobilization, fostering collaborations with community and faith-based organizations, institutions and policy makers to build stronger and healthier African immigrant families and communities.

Diligently Serving Immigrants International Inc. (DSI)

DSI is a not-for-profit entity that was formed to educate, equip and empower individuals with the necessary tools to establish reasonable and achievable goals which result in economic self-reliance and financial independence.

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American Red Cross in Greater New York

The American Red Cross in Greater New York offers general assistance, including emergency housing, immediate needs, and case management. Call 1-877-733-2767 or visit the Red Cross online.

NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development's Emergency Housing Services offers assistance if your household needs temporary shelter.

  • Call 212-863-7660
  • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Building management of 333 East 181 Street is contacting affected residents to notify them if they can reoccupy their homes. Hotel lodging is still available for those who wish to stay in emergency hotels.

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Emotional & Spiritual Assistance (Mental Health Support)

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) offers 24/7, confidential and multilingual crisis support services for those struggling with emotional distress or other mental health concerns, Vibrant Emotional Health administers the national Disaster Distress Helpline for SAMHSA, available to anyone in U.S., including territories, and Vibrant Emotional Health operates NYC Well for the NYC DOHMH, available to anyone in New York City.

  • 24 hour hotline: 888-NYC WELL (888-692-9355)
  • Text "WELL" to 65173
  • Disaster Distress Helpline (24/7 hotline): 1-800-985-5990. For Spanish, press 2.
  • MS text "TalkWithUs" to 66746. For Spanish text "Hablamos" to 66746.
  • Visit: disasterdistress.samhsa.gov

Department of Social Services/Human Resources Administration (HRA): Burial Assistance

HRA's Office of Burial Services (OBS) can provide financial assistance to help you meet the funeral expenses for a deceased low-income New York City resident.

ICNA Relief USA

ICNA Relief USA offers mental health counseling, Islamic spiritual counseling, and outreach workshops.

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Food Assistance

Human Resources Administration (HRA)/ Department of Social Services (DSS)

The Human Resources Administration (HRA) ACCESS HRA website and free mobile app allow you to get information, apply for benefit programs, and view case information online. The income-based HRA programs offer move in assistance through the One-Shot Deal program, security deposits, HomeBase housing assistance, financial counseling, landlord and family mediation and community social services. It also provides food stamps, cash assistance, and Medicaid. View application forms in PDF:

Relief Access Program for The Bronx (Rap4Bronx)

Food services such as delivery of locally prepared meals, nonperishable staple items and produce can be delivered to residents in need. Most dietary needs can be met. Items are normally delivered in bulk. Accommodations can be made based on needs.

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IDNYC

The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs can help community members who have lost their identification cards obtain an IDNYC.

Community member can submit immigration-related requests or ask questions by calling 212-788-7654 or by emailing AskMOIA@moia.nyc.gov.

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Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration can assist affected residents. Call 866-964-2558, extension 25563/25524.

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Cash Assistance

Human Resources Administration (HRA)/ Department of Social Services (DSS)

The Human Resources Administration (HRA) ACCESS HRA website and free mobile app allow you to get information, apply for benefit programs, and view case information online. The income-based HRA programs offer move in assistance through the One-Shot Deal program, security deposits, HomeBase housing assistance, financial counseling, landlord and family mediation and community social services. It also provides food stamps, cash assistance, and Medicaid.

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Pet Assistance

The Animal Care Centers of NYC and ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) offer veterinary/medical care for pet(s), short-term emergency boarding, surrender services, and pet supplies.

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Legal Services

The Bronx Defenders

The Bronx Defenders is a public defender nonprofit organization transforming how low-income people of the Bronx are represented in the justice system, and can offer intake for assessment of services.

BronxWorks (Long-Term Case Management)

BronxWorks is providing long-term case management to affected residents. BronxWorks is a locally based nonprofit that has been tasked with case management for people impacted by the North West Fire. Assistance is available regardless of immigration status or official residency.

BronxWorks is working with local and state agencies to coordinate services, as well with local nonprofits to provide aid and services to those impacted

Some examples of services it can offer include:

  • Housing
  • Section-8 voucher assistance
  • Furniture replacement
  • Burial expenses
  • Long-term case management
  • Financial assistance
  • Moving costs
  • Rental assistance
  • Immigration issues
  • Mental health support
  • Health services

For more information or to register, please find BronxWorks at the service center, call 646-993-0801 or email bxfire2022@bronxworks.org.

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Donate Funds to Affected Residents through the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City

The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, in partnership with Mayor Eric Adams and the City of New York, is raising money to support those affected by this tragic event. Visit the NYC Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City online to make a cash donation. Your cash donation will enable the distribution of emergency relief supplies and provide support for those affected and their families. Your entire donation will go towards helping those impacted by the fire.

*Please do not drop off in-kind donations.*

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NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave

The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) reminds those affected that they are entitled to NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave for any physical injuries or other health care needs/illnesses. This also includes mental health services. NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave is covered for all workers who:

  • seek diagnosis or treatment of an illness, injury, or health condition;
  • get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot;
  • are sick, including from side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine;
  • have to take kids to get the COVID-19 vaccine;
  • need preventive care;
  • have to quarantine due to illness; or
  • have to care for a family member for the reasons above.

For more information about the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law or to file a complaint, visit NYC.gov/workers. Employers cannot mistreat or punish workers for using or asking for sick leave.

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NYC Department of Veterans' Services

The New York City Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) connects, mobilizes, and empowers New York City's Veteran community in order to foster purpose-driven lives for New York City Service Members – past and present – in addition to their caregivers, survivors, and families.

Veterans affected by this recent emergency can visit NYC DVS resource guide to learn more about the agency's programs, initiatives, and offerings.

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Media Briefings

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