Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Ellis Paul To Headline Benefit Concert for Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Ellis Paul will headline the Seventh Annual Concert for the Homeless on Friday, September 30 at 8pm at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, MA. All proceeds from the show will support the work of The Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund (CHAF), a non-profit organization that assists homeless and near homeless families make the transition from life in a shelter to the security of renting their own homes. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.chafund.org or by calling the Harvard Box Office at 617-496-2222.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Ellis Paul will headline the Seventh Annual Concert for the Homeless on Friday, September 30 at 8pm at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, MA. All proceeds from the show will support the work of The Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund (CHAF), a non-profit organization that assists homeless and near homeless families make the transition from life in a shelter to the security of renting their own homes. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.chafund.org or by calling the Harvard Box Office at 617-496-2222. The Concert for the Homeless is being presented as part of the NEMO Music Festival.

The Concert for the Homeless is an annual event raising money to support CHAF. Previous concerts have featured Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra, Neena Freelon, Kevin Mahoney and the Nicole Nelson Band. More than $725,000 has been raised to date through this annual event. This year's event will be chaired by Arthur Spears, president and CEO of the East Cambridge Savings Bank and Susan Lapierre, vice president of the Bank.

CHAF is operated by the Cambridge Community of Realtors in a unique public/private partnership with the Cambridge banking community, HomeStart, the Cambridge Multi-Service Center for the Homeless, the Cambridge Housing Authority and CASCAP.

Saving funds necessary to obtain an apartment can often seem insurmountable for low-income families. Often, when a suitable apartment is found, the required first and last month's rent and the security deposit can total well over $4,000. CHAF provides a bridge to housing for homeless and near homeless families and individuals by assisting with the startup costs of renting an apartment. Since its inception in 1999, CHAF has raised over $725,000, enough to open doors for nearly 700 households.

"We are thrilled to have Ellis Paul as the headline act for this year's Concert for the Homeless," said David Pap, director of the Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund. "An artist of his stature will not only help us in raising funds to help families in Cambridge but will also draw greater attention to the issue of homelessness in our community."    

Ellis Paul to Headline Benefit Concert

As a singer-songwriter, Ellis Paul's folk credentials are unassailable. One of the most significant stars in the modern history of folk music, Ellis has bridged the gulf between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger more successfully than perhaps any of his songwriting peers. In April, Ellis released American Jukebox Fables, his first solo album since 2002, making the conscious decision to fold elements of a fuller pop production into his sparsely appointed folk domain. Ellis has toured with Vance Gilbert, appeared in the all-star Guthrie tribute tour "Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway" and has won 13 Boston Music Awards.

Ellis feels a personal commitment to the CHAF mission. "As a former caseworker involved with inner city children and their families, I've seen firsthand what happens when a family becomes homeless. Losing a place to call home, a place to raise your children and the security that place offers can be devastating to several generations," said Ellis Paul. "The work done by the Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund truly makes a difference. Every grant they offer changes the life of a family – offering not only hope but also a second chance. I'm honored they have asked me to be part of this event and I look forward to helping them raise significant resources for homeless families in their community."

About CHAF

The Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund (CHAF) is committed to preserving the diversity and character of the city of Cambridge by providing an economical bridge to housing for homeless and near homeless families and individuals. Funds donated to CHAF assist those in need with the startup costs of rental housing.

Founded by the Cambridge Community of Realtors in 1999 as a response to the city's growing numbers of homeless, and committed to maintaining diversity in Cambridge, CHAF has grown from a fledgling group of concerned citizens into a citywide coalition including the Cambridge banking community, Harvard University, city officials, individuals and other businesses committed to opening doors for the homeless.

For more information about CHAF, call 617-354-5678 or go to http://www.CHAFund.org.

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