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NYC--Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces City Will Provide Housing to Victims of East Harlem Explosion and Building Collapse
March 14, 2014
City agencies collaborating to provide temporary housing to residents of nearby buildings under vacate orders
REBNY to provide 15 apartments on the East Side for displaced residents, New York State Association for Affordable Housing to assist with securing temporary and long-term apartments within the community
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today met with New Yorkers displaced by Wednesday’s explosion and building collapse in East Harlem, and announced a range of efforts underway to ensure every displaced resident has safe, stable housing.
City agencies are collaborating to provide temporary housing to all residents whose buildings are currently under vacate orders due to rescue operations or lack of heat, with a focus on placing them within the immediate neighborhood.
The Real Estate Board has arranged for 15 apartments on the East Side to be available for up to three months for displaced residents, and is working with city housing agencies to seek out long-term housing arrangements. They will be joined by the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, whose members own and operate a significant number of buildings within East Harlem, and will coordinate with city agencies on both temporary and long-term housing for families affected by the tragedy.