Second Annual Rent Party Hits Durham

DURHAM, NC. -- On Sunday, November 9th, Housing for New Hope will host its 2nd Annual Rent Party at the Power Plant on the American Tobacco Campus. As Housing for New Hope's signature event, this intimate reception and Jazz fundraiser will support families and individuals moving from homelessness to home. The benefit features Shana Tucker, a renowned "ChamberSoul" cellist and singer/songwriter.

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Originating in Harlem during the 1920s, a rent party began as a social occasion where tenants gathered friends, shared food, and hired a musician to play and pass the hat to raise money to pay their rent. During the Harlem Renaissance, rent parties were a means of survival, and also elevated the development of jazz and blues music and culture.  Housing for New Hope’s 2nd Annual Rent Party will gather the Triangle community together for a night of live jazz, dancing, delicious hors d'oeuvers and open bar to raise funds for Housing for New Hope’s programs.

“Rent Parties are really at the heart of what we do: raise funds to help folks dealing with homelessness obtain and maintain housing,” commented Gretchen Senez, executive director with Housing for New Hope. “Our Rent Party connects the wonderful parts of Durham that we all love: the great food, the vibrant music, and the cool venues with another part of Durham that we can choose to love, and that is working hard to have adequate, sustainable housing for everyone.”

Housing for New Hope works to prevent and end homelessness.  From street outreach and assertive engagement to transitional housing and permanent supportive housing, Housing for New Hope serves more than 1,000 households and 2,500 people annually with increased access to housing, healthcare and integrated services.

One of Housing for New Hope's most successful programs is its Rapid Rehousing collaborative program.  It is a national model. Since 2010, the program has moved more than 350 households from homelessness  to home with over 95% of the formerly homeless households successfully sustaining their housing. This collaborative community program works with partner agencies -- Urban Ministries of Durham, Genesis Home, Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network and C.A.A.R.E, Inc. -- to decrease the length of time a family or individual is homeless, decrease the likelihood of subsequent homelessness and lower the overall costs to end a family or individual’s homelessness. The program helps families and individuals create a new reality for themselves through the transformational process of moving from homelessness into their new home.

Tickets are $50, tax deductible, and benefiting Housing for New Hope.  Call Housing for New Hope to make your donation over the phone 919-489-6282.