Last week residents from an estimated 8,000 Merrimack Valley homes were displaced as State Police responded to 70 fires, explosions, and gas leaks Thursday. (IMAGE: SCOTT EISEN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE) The Essex Community Fund and the American Red Cross are leading the effort to help evacuees and the following fund has been set up to help you if you were displaced:

Lawrence Emergency Fund:

ECCF’s Lawrence Emergency Fund has a long-standing relationship with Greater Lawrence Community Action Council. In times of crisis, funds disperse as soon as possible to GLCAC so they can be distributed in the form of stipends to affected individuals and families. ECCF is closely monitoring the fundraising progress, and will release subsequent funds as they become available so those affected can receive additional support. If you have been displaced by the recent Merrimack Valley gas incident, please contact GLCAC directly for support:

Evelyn Friedman, Executive Director
Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc.
(978) 620-4700 or efriedman@glcac.org

Long Term Help:

Lowell Transitional Living Center offers Housing Case Manager support to anyone who is homeless and from the Merrimack Valley. If you are in need of new housing please reach out to our Case Management Supervisor, Beth Higgins, 978-458-9888 x27 and let her know about your situation.

Our Case Managers can help you locate appropriate housing and help with landlord outreach.

We also offer emergency shelter if you have no place to stay while you search for a new home. Please call our Executive Director, Andrew McMahon, if you have questions about shelter. You can also learn about our services here: http://ltlc.org/if-you-are-homeless.

The entire community is behind you. Please know that we are all praying for you to be back home very soon.

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