Nazareth Housing to Provide Ongoing Case Management Services to Victims of Second Avenue Explosion

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For the next three months Nazareth Housing will provide case management services to approximately 22 households impacted by the gas explosion that destroyed three buildings in the East Village on March 26th. Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) will also be providing case management services to those affected.

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City has raised $125,000 to support individuals and families directly affected by the explosion and building collapse. The Mayor’s Fund will collaborate with LESReady!, a coalition of 40 organizations that coordinates disaster responses in the Lower East Side, to administer long-term case management and direct financial assistance for individuals and families who resided in the five buildings impacted by the blast. These five buildings include 63 residential
units, 15 of which were destroyed and 48 of which were damaged.

Nazareth Housing, a LESReady! member, has stepped up to commit resources to help the community in the aftermath of the explosion and the resulting displacement of many Lower East Side families as emergency
response services begin to phase out. Local organizations will take on the majority of long-term care for victims of the blast, mainly through LESReady!.

Michael Callaghan, Executive Director of Nazareth Housing and Vice Chair of LESReady!, said “As a founding member of LESReady!, Nazareth Housing is pleased to provide direct supportive services and partner with
GOLES and the Mayor’s Fund to ensure effective support for our neighbors displaced by the tragic explosion.”

Support services through Nazareth Housing, GOLES, and LESReady! began on Monday, April 13th. Those affected and wishing to seek assistance and support can contact LESReady! at 212-533-2541 to learn more.

About Nazareth Housing
Nazareth Housing was incorporated in 1983 under the leadership of founder Sr. Marion Agnes Daniel’s innovative spirit to reclaim safe and secure housing in the Lower East Side. More than thirty years later Nazareth Housing continues to deliver social impact by providing critically needed supportive and low income housing, homelessness prevention services, urgent needs assistance, and emergency family shelter. Since 2006, nearly 21,000 unduplicated households have been engaged in these critically needed programs. A 501(c)(3) not-forprofit, non-sectarian organization, Nazareth Housing is a HUD certified housing counseling agency, and the only HUD certified agency in New York City that works exclusively with low-income and fair housing rental issues. For
more information, visit www.nazarethhousingnyc.org.

About LES Ready!
LES Ready!, is the Lower East Side Long Term Recovery Group, a coalition of 40 community groups and organizations that have been coordinating a comprehensive, collaborative process to drive recovery from super
storm Sandy and lead the way in assessing and preparing the Lower East Side for future disasters.

For more information, please contact:
Kathleen A. McGowan
Director of Development and Communications
kmcgowan@nazarethhousingnyc.org / 212-982-7800 x 12