What is a Rent Party? Rent Parties originated in the 1920’s in Harlem as a way to help cover a friend’s rent. A musician would provide entertainment while friends passed the hat to pay the rent.
Today, Rent Parties are a way for you to raise funds to keep neighbors in their homes. It’s easy! Just host any type of gathering – a potluck, happy hour or even book club – and ask your attendees to help you reach a fundraising goal in support of Neighbor to Neighbor.
What kind of gathering should I host? That’s the beauty of Rent Parties – they can be anything! If you’re planning a holiday party, hosting a sport viewing event, or just need a good reason to gather your friends, then it’s easy and fun to kick it up a notch by supporting your neighbors! If your friends are scattered or you’re not in the hosting mood, you can always make it a virtual Rent Party.
Who does a Rent Party actually help? Rent Party funds support those who are facing threat of eviction or even homelessness by providing them with financial assistance to stay housed. We believe that maintaining stable housing is a key to healthy, happy families (like the Baker family pictured here!).
How much is my party expected to raise? If each rent party raises $750, we will be able to keep more than 20 families from losing their housing this year! While that’s a helpful figure to put things into perspective, don’t let that number intimidate you. Donations of any size – and the awareness generated by a Rent Party – are critical to the success of our organization.
What support will I receive? We’re here for you! Neighbor to Neighbor will provide you with the tools to be successful including:
- A toolkit with information and best practices about how to host a great Rent Party
- Talking points, personalized invitations and support from a Rent Party liaison to answer any questions you might have
- Informational materials about Neighbor to Neighbor – you don’t have to be an expert to be an advocate and make a difference! We can provide brochures, table tents, business cards, etc.
- A Neighbor to Neighbor ambassador or staff member can come to your party to share the impact gifts have on our community
Now more than ever, we want to ensure that everyone has a place to call home. Please consider hosting a Rent Party next month in support of Neighbor to Neighbor.
Sign up to host a rent party by emailing [email protected]!
Are you looking to get involved with the community and show your dedication to affordable, stable housing? Check out our 2022 N2N Partnership Opportunities