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EDEN will be hosting a rent party on September 14, 2019, and it’s sure to be a ROARING good time!

A rent party  was a social occasion originating in Harlem during the 1920’s, which played a major role in the development of jazz and blues music.  Tenants hired a musician or band to play popular music while they passed a hat to raise money to pay their rent.

Tenants in Harlem during the 1920s and 1930s faced discriminatory rental rates. This, along with the generally lower salaries for workers, created a situation in which many people were short of rent money. These parties were originally meant to bridge that gap.

EDEN has been bridging the gap since 1991 by providing vulnerable populations with housing, rental assistance, and related supports.  EDEN currently serves over 3,000 households each month.

Please save-the-date for this year’s rent party! Information about this unique celebration, and ways to get involved in support of EDEN and its mission, will follow. Last year’s party was the bee’s knees, and we can’t wait to get the joint jumpin’ with you!