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April 13, 2010

Velázquez Comments on Lower East Side Fire

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented on the fire at Grand Street: 

“In coming days, our community must pull together to help those affected by this fire.  Hundreds of our neighbors have been left without a home. In the short term, we must ensure that emergency housing is available for those displaced by this fire.  I urge the Department of Homeless Services, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and all relevant agencies to work together closely in assisting those who lost their apartments. In the long term, we need to make sure these residents have affordable housing options within their community that they may return to once rebuilding efforts are complete.  Finally, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our City’s courageous first responders, many of whom suffered injuries and risked their own lives rescuing local residents.”