Volunteers organize a community walk to address vacant homes in the city

Volunteers led a community walk in West Baltimore that is part of a renewed effort to tackle vacant and abandoned homes across the city. Wednesday marked the sixth such neighborhood walk in West Baltimore , and the first in Edmondson Village.Volunteers heard from people who live near abandoned homes in hopes of banding together to do something. Everyone wanted to see change in their community. “We’re at that point where we have to do something — at the tipping point,” said West Baltimore resident Michelle Bass. Bass grew up in Edmondson Village. She joined BUILD One Baltimore to address issues that have grown in the community over the years. “In the 60s when my family first moved here, it was basically about home ownership, and you know that’s how we build wealth, and that’s on what I want to work. And when I say I, I mean us too,” she said. They can solve problems like the thousands of vacant and abandoned houses along their streets. “We have a significant number of vacant dwellings in this district, which is the village of Edmondson. Several years ago we had a series of arson attacks – people just having houses vacant and creating all sorts of problems so we will be going to the neighborhood and talking to residents about their concerns,” the Reverend said. Richard Bozelli, of the Sainte-Bernadine church. The neighbors talked about the improvements they want to make. see. “Our town is starting to be tur have been told about a lot of crime and everything that’s going on in the town, so I thought that was great,” Edmonson Village resident Marcella King said. The volunteers hope Wednesday’s talks will embolden everyone to try to make their community a better place.They will now form action groups to address the issues.

Volunteers led a community walk in West Baltimore that is part of a renewed effort to remedy the city’s vacant and abandoned homes.

Wednesday marked the sixth such neighborhood walk in West Baltimore and the first in the village of Edmondson.

Volunteers heard from people who live near abandoned houses hoping to come together to do something about it.

A few dozen Baltimoreans gathered inside St. Bernardine Catholic Church on Wednesday. Everyone wanted to see change in their community.

“We’re at that point where we have to do something — at the tipping point,” said West Baltimore resident Michelle Bass.

Bass grew up in Edmondson Village. She joined BUILD One Baltimore to address issues that have grown in the community over the years.

“In the 60s when my family first moved here, it was basically about home ownership, and you know that’s how we build wealth, and that’s what on what I want to work on. And when I say I, I mean us too,” she says.

The group full of religious leaders hit the pavement and went door to door hoping to find out what people are going through and how they can solve problems like the thousands of vacant and abandoned homes along their streets .

“We have a significant number of vacant homes in this neighborhood, which is the Village of Edmondson. Several years ago we had a series of arson attacks – people just torched the vacant homes and created all kinds of issues, so we’re going to go out into the neighborhood and talk to residents about their concerns,” said Reverend Richard Bozelli of St. Bernadine Church.

Neighbors have talked about the improvements they want to see.

“Our town is starting to get shunned because of a lot of crime and everything that’s going on in the town, so I thought that was great,” said Edmonson Village resident Marcella King.

Other problems mentioned were rats near their homes and garbage filling their streets.

The volunteers hope Wednesday’s discussions will encourage everyone to try to make their community a better place.

“This is all an effort to give people hope, encourage them and inspire them to do well,” Bozzelli said.

At the end of the walk, the facilitators collected all the information. They will now form action groups to solve the problems.

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