*This post will be updated as new information becomes available. Please check back for developments.


May 21, 2024

The temporary shelter to assist displaced residents with services is closed. Residents in need of further help can visit our resource page or call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.


May 17, 2024

The American Red Cross will open an intake center to continue providing resources for residents displaced by the 49th and Spruce St. apartment fire that occurred on May 5th.

The intake center will be open on Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2221 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia.

All residents from the impacted building who have not yet registered with the Red Cross recovery team are encouraged to stop by the intake center.  Please bring your identification. Call 1-800-733-2767 with any questions.


May 15, 2024

If you’re experiencing emotional distress, a mental health crisis, or want someone to talk to, the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services has resources on their website or you can dial 988.


May 14, 2024

The City of Philadelphia and partners will open a resource center for those impacted by the May 5th fire at 49th and Spruce streets in West Philadelphia.

The center will operate Wednesday, May 15th, starting at noon and run until 8 p.m.

Residents can find assistance with identification and document replacement, housing guidance, property tax rebates, help with replacing certain belongings, and more.

The list of agencies at the MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center) include:

  • American Red Cross
  • Council Member Jamie Gauthier’s office
  • State Representative Rick Krajewski’s office
  • Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services
  • Mayor’s Commission on Aging
  • Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management
  • Philadelphia Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity
  • Philabundance
  • Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
  • PA Department of Human Services
  • Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • PennDOT
  • Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation
  • Tenant Union Representative Network
  • Liberty Resources
  • Beulah Baptist Church
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2024, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Victory Christian Center 5220 Whitby Ave, 19143

Bringing a photo ID or proof of residency will be helpful but not a requirement for visiting the MARC.

Please share the word about the resource center with your 4931 Spruce Street neighbors.

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