- Associated Press - Sunday, March 16, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is launching a fundraising drive to help those impacted by the explosion that brought down two East Harlem apartment buildings and killed 8 people.

Chirlane McCray, head of the charity and the wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio, announced the launch on Sunday.

The money would support a relief plan that includes a victims’ assistance fund, which would cover costs connected to funeral arrangements, as well as rent and household expenses. The plan also includes counseling and outreach to immigrant communities.

The organization says $250,000 has already been pledged.

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