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$2 Million in State Aid to Assist Bronx Fire Victims

J.M. Lesinski

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A firefighter adjusts a hose.Photo courtesy of Kevin Bidwell.

In the wake of the devastating blaze that engulfed the Twin Parks North West apartment complex in the Bronx, New York on January 9, killing seventeen residents and injuring over forty others, new funding has been made available for those directly impacted by it.

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the disbursement of $2 million in assistive funding to help tenants affected by the fire, which has been funded through the New York state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)’s Emergency Needs for the Homeless Program and through New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s Housing Trust Fund Corporation.

“When I met the tenants affected by the apartment fire in the Bronx, including many who immigrated to our state with hopes of finding a better life, I could see the unspeakable pain in their eyes, and I pledged to help them recover," stated Hochul. “All those affected are part of our New York State family, and we will help give them the support they need to recover. I want those impacted to know that we will not forget you, we will not abandon you, we are here for you.”

The OTDA will be working directly with BronxWorks, a non-profit organization hired through New York’s Emergency Needs for the Homeless Program, to help provide fire victims with assistance and services such as relocation assistance, personal property replacement, and other additional assistance depending on the circumstances.

“Being responsive to the needs of our Bronx neighbors at all times but especially after such an immeasurable tragedy is core to the BronxWorks mission,” BronxWorks Executive Director Eileen Torres said of the funding. “With the East 181st Street apartments located just blocks away from our offices, the families and individuals that endured this horrific fire are quite literally our neighbors, so we are proud to be there for them during their time of need. We applaud Governor Hochul for her compassion and for her leadership to help provide this community with the resources to begin to recover from this horrific event.”

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