Since March millions of people have lost their sources of income due to COVID-19 making it difficult to make ends meet. In an effort to help ease some of the burden’s places on people right now two famous New Orleans natives are stepping up.
The brothers and founders of Cash Money Records Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams have donated over $225,000 to the nonprofit organization Forward Together New Orleans. The funds will be used to pay June’s rent for families in the Scattered Sites Harmony Oaks, Marrero Commons, and Guste areas formerly known as Magnolia, Calliope, and Melpomene
The Williams brothers who are known for their philanthropic efforts for over 20 years through their The Johnny and Gladys Williams Foundation., They have given away free Thanksgiving dinners and partnered with health companies to make free health screenings available
In a statement, Birdman said, “The legacy of Cash Money belongs to the city of New Orleans. There’s nothing more important to us than giving back to the brothers and sisters who live on those same streets we grew up on – from musicians to service workers to everyday working families. That’s what this label was always about.”
Slim added, “New Orleans made us and is part of who we are. We are devastated that this pandemic is hitting our community there so hard and we are committed to doing what we can to help now and in the long term.”
Tenants who are included in the grant will be notified and the payment will go directly to the landlords.