On November 15th there was a two-alarm fire at St. Mary’s Court, a HUD-supported building for low-income older adults and people with disabilities. Thankfully, there were no fatalities or serious injuries, but many residents have significant smoke damage in their apartments and some have water damage as well. One person’s apartment was completely devastated.
We are all grateful for the quick and effective response from DC’s FEMS, the Red Cross, Western Presbyterian Church and others who responded effectively in the moment. But there are very significant needs remaining. St. Mary’s Court’s insurance does not cover any of the residents’ belongings.
Foggy Bottom West End Village is coordinating donations for the residents. Cash donations will be most useful as it allows for the greatest leeway in supporting needs. A separate bank account has been opened for the sole purpose of managing donations. Checks can be made out to FBWE Village – Relief Fund and mailed to: FBWEV; 2430 K St., NW, Washington, DC 20037. Online donations can be made here.
Various local organizations have expressed support for this effort, including George Washington University. A group of representatives from Foggy Bottom West End Village, the Foggy Bottom Association, community activists and Foggy Bottom churches will establish a distribution plan that will be both transparent and equitable. Funds will be used exclusively for the purpose of supporting St. Mary’s Court residents who were impacted by the fire.