BRIDGEPORT - A Bridgeport family whose home was destroyed in a major fire learned today that they won't be homeless after all come next week.

As News 12 has reported, the Velasquez family lost their Hanover Street home to a fire last week. The Red Cross has been paying for the family of 12 to stay in a motel, but that aid is due to expire on Monday.

A News 12 viewer who owns a building in Bridgeport saw the story on News 12 and offered them a discount on two apartments on Hayes Street. The Velasquez family gratefully accepted.

Other News 12 viewers contacted the family after seeing their story and donated desperately needed clothing and household items. A fund has even been started for the family, and it has already collected more than $700.

Bridgeport Councilman Jack Banta says he is also organizing a fundraiser on Tuesday for those affected by the fire.

The family spoke to News 12 today to express their gratitude.