On Wednesday, April 29th, Musicians’ Village homeowners who participated in the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Raisin’ the Roof Housing Program helped to celebrate its success with a noontime concert and press conference with NOAHH.
Shamarr Allen, Charles Badie, Andrew Baham, Jon Cristian Duque, Rik Fletcher, Rhonda Ford, Bob French, and Stephen Walker performed to a crowd of staff and volunteers, getting a second line going and playing New Orleans classics and other material. Many of these homeowners and other Musicians’ Village residents have played at or are playing Jazz Fest this year.
“The Jazz & Heritage Foundation has been a great partner for New Orleans Habitat,” stated Jim Pate, executive director, NOAHH. “Raisin’ the Roof Housing Program has been very successful for the musicians as all are getting settled in their new homes – taking on the responsibility of home ownership.”
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation realizes that musicians and culture bearers are important to the history of New Orleans. The Foundation has dedicated significant resources to the program to assist more musicians who qualify for NOAHH’s Homeownership Program. “The Jazz & Heritage Foundation is prepared to help those who help themselves,” stated Ron Sholes, board president, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. “Raisin’ the Roof helps the very people who build Jazz Fest and add to the value of the culture of New Orleans.”
The Raisin’ the Roof Housing Program is financed with proceeds from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It is one of many year-round programs administered by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.