Providence Housing Development Corp., an affiliate of the Diocese of Rochester, is asking for donations to a fund designed to help senior citizens displaced by a May 30 fire at West Town Village in Henrietta.
The 59-apartment affordable housing development was built by Providence in 2000 to serve low-income seniors, according to Maggie Bringewatt, Providence’s executive director. The fire destroyed West Town’s two-story community room, as well as a library and activity room, she said. No one was seriously injured in the blaze, she added, and the fire’s cause was still under investigation as of the Catholic Courier‘s deadline.
Residents displaced by the fire were either staying with relatives or being housed through the Red Cross, Bringewatt said, adding that it may take up to a year for the building to be made suitable again for residents. She noted her concern for the residents, who have worked hard to make the development a home for all, she said.
“The people there have a real community, and we’d like to work with all of them to try and rebuild that community,” she said.
Providence has created a fund to help residents displaced by the fire with moving costs and other expenses, Bringewatt said. Donations are tax deductible and may be made out to “Providence Housing Development Corporation.” Donors should indicate in the memo region of their check “West Town Village Fund.” Donations may be sent to Providence at 1136 Buffalo Road, Rochester, NY 14624-1823.