Christina Farrell, first deputy commissioner of NYC emergency management, told CNN’s Phil Mattingly Sunday that residents who lived in the Bronx apartment building are now being housed at a middle school next door.
“We have all the residents here. We’ve been able to give them food, a warm space, water, any short-term needs that they had. People brought their pets and so we are in the process of finding people shelter this evening,” Farrell said. “We work with the Red Cross, we have hotel rooms and have other resources available. And so we will be making sure every family has a safe, warm space to sleep in tonight.”
A service center will be set up Monday, Farrell said.
“We’ll be hopeful that many of them will be able to go back into their apartment in the coming days,” she said. “But for the people that are out long-term, we will work with them and the state to get them appropriate housing.”
Farrell also confirmed what Mayor Eric Adams previously said about the names of building residents seeking government assistance not being turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Many people impacted from the fire are Muslim and from Gambia, a small nation on the east coast of Africa.
“This is not about anyone’s status or where anyone came from, this is about New Yorkers that are in need, that need services and we’re able to provide those services while everyone deals with their grief,” Farrell said.