FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 13, 2019
NEW BRITAIN—Following a fire on Friday evening that displaced residents who lived at 180 Allen St., the City’s Community Services Department has offered assistance to 14 families and has undertaken a needs assessment to connect them with basic needs, support, and transitional housing.
The City’s Community Services division has met with 14 families, who are either staying with family members or at a local hotel.
On Friday, shortly after the fire was reported, ten workers from the American Red Cross responded to the scene. The American Red Cross was on site from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. providing assistance to 20 families (34 adults and 18 children) who were affected by the fire. Funding was provided for immediate needs including lodging, comfort kits, blankets, stuffed animals, and other resources.
The City’s Community Services Division followed an interdepartmental Standard Operating Procedure when a house fire occurs in the City. The City’s Community Service Department personnel are “on call” during the weekends in case of an emergency. The procedures include:
- Obtaining information from the American Red Cross and any other public safety and/or enforcement agency in order to establish the position of all parties affected by the fire
- An individual assessment of each household is conducted, which includes obtaining information on household names, composition, income level, state/housing assistance, in home business, pets, and the type of lease agreement
- The Fair Housing Technician will then assist with re-housing by utilizing transition vouchers if they are eligible and connecting them with affordable housing websites/apartment searches and HUD-associated list of apartments
- Individuals are also referred to any other local or state agencies or departments that may be of assistances. Procedural guidance on how to obtain’ s one security deposit is provided to all individuals, along with any other support for monetary assistance
The City’s Fair Housing Technician has been in contact with the owner of the apartment complex, who will be sending via overnight mail to each household of 180 Allen St. tenants’ security deposits and May rent. Checks will be available at 192 Allen St. beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. The property management has vacancies at properties in West Hartford and Meriden and displaced tenants can inquire about relocating there.
The property’s management was allowing tenants back into the building between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. this afternoon to collect any personal belongings.
City officials remind individuals to be aware of persons on the scene of incidents to be cautious. The City has been made aware of several instances of residents acting in an unofficial capacity trying to assist individuals. City officials will always be carrying identification and will gladly provide proof if asked.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office, the New Britain Police Department, and Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit—a division of the State Police.
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