Rent Party Scheduled for November 12

DURHAM, N.C. -- On Thursday, Nov. 12, Housing for New Hope will kick off the Bull City Rent Party Series with its 3rd Annual Rent Party, "Fire & Ice," on the American Tobacco Campus. The event will begin at 4:45pm. As Housing for New Hope's signature event, this intimate reception and Jazz fundraiser will support families and individuals moving from homelessness to home, while offering a taste of what homeless life on the streets is like when you're in the cold using a only a fire for warmth. The benefit will feature Housing for New Hope's new logo. Join us as we reflect on the past, present, and future of HFNH and be among the first to see HFNH's new logo.

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To commemorate National Hunger & Homelessness week (Nov. 14-22), HFNH will have other community events throughout the week to support the work we do in the community:

Saturday, Nov. 14- Bull City Volunteer Day, 9am-12pm

Monday, Nov. 16- Hoops for Hunger, The Cage on American Tobacco's Campus, 10am-5pm

Wednesday, Nov. 18- Jazz Night at Beyu Caffee benefitting HFNH, 7pm-9pm

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  Bull City Rent Party Series will gather the Triangle community together for a night of live jazz, dancing, delicious hors d'oeuvers and cash bar to raise funds for Housing for New Hope’s programs. The tradition of rent parties continue today with the mounting costs of living.

“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 2,300 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 400 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 Durham's Partnership for Children -- 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 to home.

Tickets are free, but RSVPs are requested.  Call Housing for New Hope to make your reservation over the phone 919-489-6282 or through Eventbrite.

Housing for New Hope’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness by providing increased access to housing, healthcare, and integrated services in the Triangle. For more than twenty years working with the homeless and those threatened with homelessness in our community, Housing for New Hope has grown to provide a range of housing options and programs, each targeting the many different needs of the homeless and precariously housed. They include homeless outreach and engagement, housing and emergency support, homeless prevention, transitional housing, permanent housing, and an innovative collaborative to end child & family homelessness.  For more information visit or call Gretchen Senez at (919) 489.6282 ext 102.