I wanted to provide a brief update on the families displaced from last weeks fire on the 1300 block of Peabody St NW.
Last week, within 48 hours all families were moved from the emergency shelter (Emery Recreation Center to hotels). Department of Human Services began assessing family needs. The Management company provided dinner for the first 3 days and care packages for all families. Red Cross provided financial assistance to all effected and provided immediate necessities, medications etc.
Department of Human Services and Office of the Tenant Advocates continue to work with the families to ensure their immediate needs are met as well as working on long term needs.
In the last few days, families were able to go into certain units to retrieve valuables and documents. Moving forward, some families will have an opportunity to retrieve more belongings from their units that can be salvaged. OTA and the Property Management are meeting and coordinating with residents.
Due to the overwhelming community response to the needs of the families effected by the fire, many schools, churches and individuals have been collecting donations. With summer school starting it can be overwhelming and time consuming for schools to continue these efforts. Attached is a flyer (bilingual also available) regarding donation locations for drop off and for families to pick up from (will go into effect on July 5th) Also provided is a contact number for Department of Human Services, Strong Families for anyone who may have questions or concerns.
The 2 locations for donations:
1) Ward 4, Brightwood Methodist Church
2) Ward 1, Carlos Rosario.
Days and hours are also provided.
Thank you to everyone that has been so generous in donating and wanting to help. This is an example of what a true community means.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you in advance.