New York State is giving $2 million to a fund for the victims of last week’s Bronx fire that killed 17 people, New York Lt. Governor Brian Benjamin announced Sunday.
Benjamin made the announcement at a mass public funeral for the victims at the Islamic Cultural Center in the Bronx on Sunday morning.
“As the Lieutenant Governor of New York State, I stand here on behalf of Governor Kathy Hochul to say ‘we will be with you to be sure that this tragedy never happens again and we will make sure that all of the families — the 15 here, the two who are not here, and all of the families who were impacted by this fire — know that the state will stand up and support,'” Benjamin said.
The fund “will provide tenants with case management services, personal property replacement, and relocation and rental assistance to help address critical household needs,” according to a press release from Governor Hochul’s office.
State officials will work with BronxWorks, a nonprofit organization contracted through the state’s Emergency Needs for the Homeless Program.
Last Sunday’s fire at the 19-story Twin Parks NorthWest building was New York City’s deadliest since 1990.