Finding Assistance After a House Fire?

Our house burned down and we need help with getting a place to stay. We are in a child's tent and have no food or anything to drink. We don't have any family that will help us. It's hot in the tent and we both have a health condition.


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September 21, 20170 found this helpful

I'm so sorry this happened to you. Use this link to get help from the Red Cross in your area:

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September 21, 20170 found this helpful

Most any suggestions offered here will be for the US and agencies may not be in other countries. The Red Cross is the first place to seek help after a fire.


  • Usually, the fire department will ask if a family needs help when they respond to a house fire and they will contact the Red Cross if no other assistance appears available.
  • Did you discuss your situation with the Red Cross? Their help is usually for temporary housing (a few days/nights), clothing coupons/letter for the Salvation Army/Goodwill stores, and food allowance or restaurant coupons but this is a lot of help for someone in need.
  • They expect this assistance to help the family through a really bad struggle and expects them to make more permanent arrangements before their help runs out.
  • We do not know where you are located but you must have access to a computer so I would suggest you put in a search with your zip code asking for assistance after a fire.
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  • You can also place an ad on Cragislist and Freecycle asking for help. You will probably have to give more information than given here so if someone reads it they will understand more about what you need.

Local churches will many times help fire victims with clothing and food but rarely will anyone or any organization give cash (other than a few dollars for personal products). You will have to search for help in your locale but most people are generous and will help if they can.

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September 21, 20170 found this helpful

Usually assistance is mentioned at the time of the scene. Red Cross contributed $500 per person when my sister lost everything in her home fire. Her apartment complex helped her relocate within the building.


You should contact your local assistance programs or research on the internet for ones closest to you. Good luck!

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September 22, 20170 found this helpful

Contact your local Red Cross for help with a place to stay. There main goal is to provide people with food, water, and shelter. Also, try contacting the churches in your area they may help as well. The Salvation Army would be another place to contact.

Go to, also. Here is the main number for U.S. Red Cross 1-800-733-2767.

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October 3, 20171 found this helpful

Local church's, but red cross is the biggest helper in these situations.

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