Milwaukee Red Cross changes visit policy after criticism

AP Photo/Ivan Moreno Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett speaks to reporters outside his office about the Red Cross asking fire victims in some parts of the city to come to them or a nearby police station on Tuesday in Milwaukee. The Red Cross Milwaukee chapter said the policy change is to address a volunteer shortage, but the move has sparked outrage because the areas affected are low-income and predominantly black and Latino.

MILWAUKEE — The American Red Cross of Wisconsin is abandoning a new policy in Milwaukee that would have forced predominantly black and Latino residents from low-income areas to travel to receive the organization’s volunteer assistance after a house fire.