An additional $3 million will go to more than 150 households impacted by the Jan. 9 Twin Parks fire in the Bronx that killed 17 people, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City (Mayor’s Fund) announced Wednesday in a statement.
BronxWorks, a Bronx-based human services organization, has been chosen to distribute the funds, and also provide services and support over the next 12 months, according to Adams and the Mayor's Fund. The organization has already been providing support to fire victims, the release states.
“New York City made a vow to help the more than 150 families who suffered through the unspeakable tragedy at Twin Parks, and we are continuing to deliver on that promise day after day,” said Mayor Adams. “These families will soon see an additional $3 million begin to roll into their pockets to help them with food, housing, household items, or anything else they lost. But we are in this for the long haul, since picking up the pieces will not come easy, so we’ve chosen BronxWorks to cut the bureaucratic red tape and provide those affected with wraparound services over the next 12 months to help get families back up on their feet."
Additionally, La Central, a new affordable housing development in Melrose, will be made available to those impacted by the fire should they wish to be relocated there, Adams and the Mayor's Fund report. Families who move into La Central, or who wish to move back into Twin Parks, will be provided financial assistance, which will include moving and furniture credits, according to the release.
The Mayor's Fund said they have raised a total of $4.4 million since Jan. 9, and said approximately $937,000 of that money has been spent so far on things like cash assistance, food and burial services.