Can I get help if me and my baby were living at a house that got burned down with our things in it if our name isn't on the lease?
By Seiricka from Montgomery, AL
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I was recently in an apartment building fire, it was my boyfriend and I living there. The Red Cross did help us immediately, they gave us a card with some little amount of money on it like a credit card, for food clothes etc. Then they set us up in a hotel for a days, (this was on a Thursday, so Thursday night and Friday night we were good, but what can we have done over the weekend?? So we called back and stayed in another (not so nice,) motel for 2 more days, until Monday morning. Then we were basically on our own unless we wanted to go into the local shelter! (Not a good place to be at all, very poor conditions all around!!) But they did say after we get into a new apartment they will help us with things like furniture and kitchen stuff, etc. It has been hard finding agencies that will help us, if it wasn't for my parents I would be in that shelter! ;(
By Patricia Eldridge12/24/2010
I agree with Redhatterb. Contact your local Red Cross.
By Joan 12/23/2010
Did the Red Cross step in with help. I used to work in a Red Cross office in SD and when people would lose everything in a fire, if they didn't have a place to go immediately we put them up in a motel for a short period of time, they also got vouchers for(if I remember right) two complete sets of clothes and a pair of shoes, depending on the weather vouchers for winter outdoor wear, and when they found a place of their own to live they could get vouchers for bedding and towels. This help was given for each member of a family. Call them and see what they say if they haven't already contacted the home owner. I don't know how it works when your name wasn't on the lease, from different things I have heard it isn't legal to live in a place if your name isn't on the lease or without the landlord's permission. But do check with the Red Cross.
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I lost my apartment due to a fire. The Red Cross did pay for a hotel for three days. I'm still without a place to go and feeling lost by the system.
By Quency from Fort Pierce. FL
By redhatterb 06/15/2014
It isn't up to the system to help you. If you are in the system already, you only get so much help a month. Most counties have a County Welfare Office, look them up and maybe they can help you with deposit and rent for one month. I don't know if you received other help from the Red Cross other than three nights in a motel. If not when you do get another place, you should be able to get a certain number of towels, bedding, etc. from them.
If your Red Cross does things like this what they will do is give you vouchers to take to a store to purchase these items. It used to be that a person would get one set of bedding and I can't remember how many sets of towels. This was for each member of a family. As far as furniture goes go the office of your local Salvation Army and tell them what furniture you need and they will give you vouchers to take to their local thrift store and if they have the items that you need you will get them free.
Also consider that you won't get to pick from their best items and it will be for the actual necessities, no TV or electronic things. Also if the fire wasn't your fault the landlord should be reimbursing you for some things.
The day after my birthday my house burnt down to the ground. Luckily it was daytime and nobody was home, but we lost it all. The local Red Cross gave us $500, but with paying for a hotel, toiletries, and few items of clothing, on day 2 it is gone. Please we need advice where we can get help. We live in a poor area and charities are few and far between. I am a single mom of 2 little girls. Please help us with any info on where we can get help. Thank you, God Bless.
By HEATHER KNEEAND 05/17/2011
Call all the local towns around you. We have a "store" where that gives away free furniture. Try to get into a homeless shelter. They have lots of resources. Even if you have to travel that is better than not having a place to live. Also try to find out if you town or any towns around have a Social worker as they have all sorts of great information. Good luck.
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My house burned down 3 days ago. I lost everything. Who do I go to for help? I already did the Red Cross. My dog was hurt, who can help pay vet emergency expenses?
By Jennifer from Alachua, FL
For the dog, check your local humane societies. I don't know of what they could do, help put your dog in foster care maybe? Depends on the amount of responsibility they take on. If you surrender your pet, they would do 100% of the care--providing the health of the pet is still not in danger of illness/infection, etc. (08/03/2010)
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