Mayor Adams to provide additional $3 million in cash assistance to Bronx fire victims

March 16, 2022

BronxWorks selected to disburse remaining funds and provide case management services

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City (Mayor’s Fund) today announced that an additional $3 million in financial assistance will be made available to help more than 150 households affected by the Twin Parks fire in the Bronx on January 9. BronxWorks, a trusted community partner, has been chosen to distribute the $3 million cash assistance and will receive an additional $500,000 in funding to provide longer-term services and support over the next 12 months to people affected. This work will complement and build on the case management services and support BronxWorks has already provided to residents over the past two months. Since the fire, the Mayor’s Fund has raised a total of $4.4 million between monetary and in-kind donations, of which approximately $937,000 has been spent so far on cash assistance, food, services funerals, etc.

“New York City has made a vow to help the more than 150 families who suffered from the untold tragedy at Twin Parks, and we continue to deliver on that promise day after day,” said Mayor Adams. “These families will soon see an additional $3 million start rolling into their pockets to help them with food, shelter, household items or whatever they have lost. But we’re here for the long haul because picking up the pieces won’t be easy, so we’ve chosen BronxWorks to cut red tape and provide those affected with comprehensive services over the next 12 months to help families get back on their feet. . on their feet. I want to thank Bronx Borough President Gibson and the many other elected officials, community groups and individuals for helping to raise a total of $4.4 million so far and for providing their support and their invaluable commitment to the families affected.

“In the immediate aftermath of the horrific five-alarm fire at Twin Parks on January 9, New Yorkers stepped up to help their neighbors,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson. “Our office is working in partnership with our government colleagues and many community groups to provide needed services to affected families. Today’s announcement of an additional $3 million in direct cash assistance to our families is an important step of progress that recognizes the continued needs of our displaced families. BronxWorks has once again stepped up to provide short and long term assistance and guidance to our families in need. I would like to thank Mayor Eric Adams and his administration for their commitment. I want to thank Hot 97, WBLS, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, A-Boogie, Cardi B, TT Torrez and our hip-hop community for their efforts and using their voices to support our Bronx residents. As Borough President, I am so grateful and overwhelmed by the many acts and expressions of love and support for the residents and families of Twin Parks. We have a lot of work to do and we will continue to meet the long-term needs of our residents and their families. Thank you all for helping our neighbors in need during this tragedy.

“In the face of a terrible tragedy, the Mayor’s Fund responded quickly by creating the Bronx Fire Relief Fund – providing business, philanthropic and community partners a way to support their friends and neighbors in need,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives Sheena Wright, Board Chair, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. “We are grateful to our chosen community partner, BronxWorks, for their tireless efforts to help affected families, and we also want to thank Borough President Gibson for her tireless advocacy on behalf of her constituents. We hope that this additional relief will alleviate some of the enormous burdens faced by affected families.

“Our partnership with BronxWorks ensures that individuals and families impacted by the Twin Parks fire in the Bronx receive the funds so generously donated by New Yorkers and residents across the country, while also receiving lifesaving, long-term support. term as they rebuild their lives”, mentioned Daniele Baierlein and JL Paniagua Valle, Co-Executive Directors, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. “We are extremely grateful to all of the donors who answered the call for help and to BronxWorks for providing outreach and service since day one.”

“Since January, BronxWorks has been providing ongoing case management services to families affected by the fire to help them rebuild their lives after this devastating and traumatic event,” said Eileen Torres, Executive Director, BronxWorks. “We are grateful to Mayor Adams and the Mayor’s Fund for strengthening this response and engaging with us to ensure families have the long-term support they need.”

“When Mayor Adams and the Mayor’s Fund stepped up after the tragedy of the Bronx fire, New Yorkers responded immediately,” said Rob Speyer, Chair, Mayor’s Fund Advisory Council; and President and CEO, Tishman Speyer. “We are grateful that the Mayor’s Fund can support the families affected by the fire. Our partnership with community organizations will ensure that we can provide direct assistance where it continues to be needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected families. »

“The Bronx is my home, and I will always watch over my people, and if I can use my voice and my network to help support the Bronx, I will!” noted Fat Joe. “Peace to the hip-hop community for stepping up and showing love to the Bronx.”

Immediately after the fire, the Mayor’s Fund established the Bronx Fire Relief Fund to provide supplies and relief to families affected by the fire. Today’s contract with BronxWorks has two main purposes: first, to provide cash assistance to families affected by the fire, and second, to provide ongoing case management for the families, while connecting them to others. resources and benefits that can provide them with additional government benefits. in the future.

BronxWorks has been on the ground providing services since January 9, and its case managers are well positioned to provide comprehensive services tailored to each family’s specific needs. Under today’s contract, BronxWorks case managers will engage families for a full 12 months, or until families cease engaging with them, and serve as a point of contact unique, so that data subjects do not need to contact several agencies. and organizations for different needs. Specifically, BronxWorks will conduct needs assessments and help those affected by the fire access services, benefits and resources, including those related to mental and physical health, legal services, financial counseling, employee benefits , vocational training and employment services, child care, food pantries. /grocery payment cards and other needs.

The city is also making La Central – a new affordable mixed-use housing development located in the Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx – available to residents who wish to move there. The city, the American Red Cross, and Twin Parks owner Bronx Park Phase III Preservation LLC have extended hotels for families affected by the fire through April 7, 2022. Families wishing to move to La Central or return at Twin Parks are provided financial assistance in the form of moving credits and furniture credits through CVR and BronxWorks. In addition to support provided by the city and other groups, Bronx Park Phase III Preservation LLC distributed $5,000 in financial assistance per household to residents.

“We, like all New Yorkers, were devastated by the news of the Twin Parks fire earlier this year,” said Mindy and Jon Gray, co-founders, Gray Foundation. “We are proud to join BronxWorks and the Mayor in this effort, and our hearts go out to the families who have been affected.”

“New York City comes together not only in good times, but also in difficult times,” said Rich Constable, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Government Affairs and Social Impact, Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp (MSG). “MSG is proud to support the Bronx Fire Relief Fund, and we are grateful to the Mayor’s Fund for all it has done and continues to do to help the families affected by this tragedy.”

“Mayor Eric Adams and the Mayor’s Fund to Move New York City Forward quickly mobilized relief efforts to provide direct assistance to families affected by this truly tragic event,” said Bryan Grimaldi, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, National Grid New York. “Everyone has stepped up to provide families and the community with the support they need, and National Grid was proud to join forces to help in any way possible.”

“This horrific fire has devastated a community, and we are committed to supporting the Mayor’s Fund and doing our part to help the families of those who perished and all those who survived but lost so much,” said Steven R. Swartz, President and CEO, Hearst; and Co-Chair, Partnership for New York City.

“The Mayor’s Fund responds quickly and effectively to tragic situations in the city, providing businesses and individuals with a reliable way to channel contributions to families in need,” said Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO, Partnership for New York City.

“The tragic loss of life and devastation caused by the Bronx Fire is beyond comprehension. Our hearts go out to the families and the entire community affected,” said Brad Silver, Manager partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers New York. “New York is a resilient city, and we are stronger when we work together. We view our communities as an extension of our workplace and are proud to support the Bronx Fire Relief Fund, providing needed resources when our city needs them most.

“While this tragedy may have faded from the headlines, the families affected are still suffering,” said Reverend Phillip A. Jackson, Rector, Trinity Church Wall Street. “We are committed to helping our neighbors in the Bronx in real, tangible ways through this funding to help them rebuild their lives.”

“When tragedy strikes, communities must come together to support and make a difference for those most deeply affected,” said Suzanne Shank, CEO, Siebert Williams Shank. “Through the Mayor’s Fund to Move New York City Forward, the Siebert Williams Shank Foundation hopes to meet some of the desperate needs of families and all victims who have suffered so much since this tragic incident.”

Mayors Adams and the Mayor’s Fund would like to thank Bronx Borough President Gibson, the many other elected officials, New York State, CVR, BronxWorks and community advocates for partnering with the city during the past two months to meet the needs of residents. , including providing them with long-term housing options.

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