Hip Hop for the Homeless, a charity based in Hartford, CT, has raised over $1,600 over two weekends this holiday season to help local charities.
The funds were raised during a local tour of six shows around various Connecticut venues, which benefited local charities, such as St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Jewett City, CT.
The organization was founded in 2014 by Hartford hip-hop artist and high school literature teacher Joey Batts. According to Batts, he founded the charity after seeing the adverse effects of homelessness and poverty among the Hartford community, including some of his students.
“Some of my students were dealing with being displaced and teen homelessness,” Batts said in an interview with the Hartford Courant. “I had always thought of the archetype of older people being homeless, sleeping on the streets. But these kids are scared to talk about it because they’re scared they’re going to be put in foster care. They would come to school early for the free breakfast and stay after for lunch. I put a couple of things together… that’s when it really started to hit home.”
The six-show tour began on Nov. 30 in New Britain, with stops in Hartford, New London, Middletown, and New Haven, before ending in Jewett City. Other local artists involved with the tour this year included Sese L Boogie, Muggsy and Old Self.
According to a post made on Facebook this week, the group still had approximately 25 T-shirts for sale to raise additional funds before the group’s final tally is posted.
For more info, visit the charity’s Facebook page here.