Finding Help After a House Fire?

I need help. My house burned down. And I don't know what to do. I have no family that can help.

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May 20, 20200 found this helpful
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Contact Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Social Services, Churches, ask neighbors for help!

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May 20, 20200 found this helpful
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Questions:
Did you own the house? If you own the house did you have insurance?
If so you should contact your insurance company first - they can also help with finding help for you.

If you were renting then did the Red Cross send someone to help you after the fire? The fire department generally contacts Red Cross.
Did the Red Cross assist you with a place to live and temporary funds?
If not then you should contact them first.

The Salvation Army will generally help with replacing certain items and they also have temporary living spaces (generally male only) for a few days.

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They may offer different services in different cities.

You should contact Family Services in your city (Google with your zip code) as they generally have a list of agencies that help people in need. They will help you get emergency food stamps and maybe some cash as well.

You can also go to office of any church (most will start opening their doors again soon) and tell them your story. You do not have to be a member of the church to ask for help.

If clothing is what you need then you can visit any charity thrift store (some are opening up now) and they will provide one or two sets of clothing and shoes.

You will have to make arrangements to do these things for yourself as no one will be able to do them for you.

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May 30, 20200 found this helpful
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Very sorry to hear that. I know some folks who went through this. Fortunately they had renter's insurance.

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the obvious first step is to find new accomodations, even if in a rental room somewhere

the next step is to use whatever funds are availabie to buy basic living necessities at a Goodwill or thriftstore

the next step is to see if you can get some restitution or refund, if it's a renting situation, if it can be demonstrated that the fire was the landlord's upkeep fault. It is surprising how often landlord neglect leads to this sort of thing.

best of luck!

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