Families displaced by fire say Red Cross, DSS left them with nowhere to go

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Ten families displaced by a fire in Yonkers Sunday spent much of the day Tuesday waiting outside of the Department of Social Services with no place to go.

The displaced residents say they are no longer getting assistance from the Red Cross.

Following requests from several displaced residents, Councilmember Shanae Williams and an aide to the county legislator arrived to the DSS in order to assist.

"I'm the councilman for the district and I care about the residents here, but at the same time, this is a partnership between the city and the county, and the county has to step in and do what they can to help," Williams said.

The county spokesman sent a statement saying in part, "Working with our partners, all who have been displaced will have the opportunity to get the shelter they need during this difficult time."

There was one shelter offered to the residents -- Coachmen in White Plains. But that is one place they were unwilling to go to due to alleged crime and drug addicts.

The families used the money they received from the Red Cross and decided to spend the night at a hotel. But that money won't last long. They say they will return to DSS first thing in the morning, hoping for a better solution.

A county spokesman contacted News 12 and said they were able to eventually help place all the families. 

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