Monroe Opens Its Doors to Help Those Impacted by Yesterday's Deadly Fire in the Bronx
On Sunday, January 9th, a devastating fire occurred at a residential building located at East 181st Street in the Bronx. Tragically, 17 people lost their lives with 60 more injured. It has been described as the worst fire in the country in more than three decades.
Today, the College community joins the country in mourning the victims.
Responding to the crisis, the College opened its doors on the Bronx campus to house a temporary emergency response center for impacted families that is operated by New York City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). With classes virtual this week, the College was able to quickly repurpose one of its building for this essential relief effort.
Those impacted by the fire were advised to come to Ustin Hall at 2375 Jerome Avenue (corner of 184th Street) today for assistance from City agencies, the Red Cross, and various social services and community organizations. Information, help, and resources will be available from noon until 8:00 pm today.
In a note to the College community, President Marc Jerome asked students, faculty, and staff to keep those impacted by yesterday’s fire in their thoughts:
Yesterday was a very sad day for our local community. The horrific fire in the Bronx that took 17 lives and injured 60 others occurred not far from campus.
We are saddened beyond words about this tragedy and send our hearts and prayers to all those involved, with deepest sympathies extended to the families and friends who lost loved ones.
Please keep the victims and survivors of this terrible tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.
The College is accepting donated goods today at Ustin Hall to help the impacted families. There has already been an outpouring of support from local residents, who have been dropping off items all day.
Those wishing to assist residents of the building where the fire occurred are asked to please consider a donation instead to the fund established by the Mayor's Office: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/fund/donate/donate.page