31 Displaced 26th Street residents to share $12,000 donation

BALTIMORE - Sometimes, it takes a village, or in the case of 31 displaced Baltimore residents it takes “The” village.

26th Street residents who were forced from their homes following the street collapse heard around Baltimore will share $12,000 donated by the It Takes The Village Fund, according to a release from the Greater Homewood Community Corporation .

“The displaced individuals benefiting from the It Takes The Village Fund are the owner-occupants, tenants, adults and children living on the xx block of E. 26th street,” according to the release. “Thirty-one of the 26th Street residents opted to share equally in the fund and received individual gift checks.  The gifts express the spontaneous sympathy and support of the community for the residents who have been forced from their homes through no fault of their own.”

On April 30, a block of 26th Street caved onto CSX tracks, swallowing about a dozen cars that were parked along the street.

“Individuals from across the country and businesses responded immediately to the April 30 news of the catastrophic collapse of the streetscape and railway wall in front of this block of 19 row homes,” according to the release. “The Sweet 27 Restaurant & Café, 123 West 27th Street, raised $879 in contributions during the days following the collapse.  The community also came together for a potluck supper fundraiser, and Guilford Avenue girls raised $23.50 from cookie sales during a neighborhood-wide yard sale event.”

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