Neighbors have begun two separate fundraising campaigns to help some 40 people who were displaced by a four-alarm fire on May 6.
Margarita Acosta, a teacher at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, has also set up an online fundraising campaign to help out a multi-generation family of 11 that is facing homelessness after the fire.
“One of the children affected by the fire was one of my own beloved third graders. He and his family, headed by a hard-working, single mom, has been struggling to find stable, long-term housing. The recent affordable housing shortage has left them with few options,” she wrote at the campaign’s website.
The Hernandez family is temporarily living at a city-owned apartment on Treasure Island.
She has raised $400 so far, including $100 which came from Tabitha Russell, a 23-year-old bartender who was also displaced by the fire.
“Hope this helps, and please let me know if there is anything else you need,” she wrote.