The Evanston/North Shore branch of the NAACP’s Civic Engagement Committee is seeking immediate housing and collecting goods to help the victims of a fire in a South Evanston apartment complex that left multiple families without any belongings.

A dozen Evanston residents were displaced from an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Monroe Street and a firefighter was injured Monday after a fire left several homes uninhabitable, officials said.

According to NAACP Civic Engagement Chair Willie Shaw, the organization is “collecting gently used household items such as bedding, towels, kitchen cutlery, dinnerware” and is also seeking donated “toiletries, socks, sweaters, coats and gloves” for families who lost everything in the fire.

Shaw said the families also need housing and are seeking information about any available places to live.

Those seeking more information can contact the Evanston/North Shore branch of the NAACP at (847) 864-0038 or

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  1. Thank you to The Evanston RoundTable for sharing information about how we can help. This is a great service to our community.