Housing and Emergency Asssitance
From the time a musician first calls or visits us, our Housing and Emergency Assistance program provides jazz and blues artists with an experienced social worker to assess his/her situation and provide rapid assistance. The program focuses on a wide variety of crucial services: from paying rent and mortgages and assisting with tenant and owner issues, to keeping the phone and electricity on, to ensuring food remains on the table. Other services include paying for transportation, home assistance, instruments and instrument repair, storage, clothing and union dues. Whenever necessary, musicians are referred for pro bono legal services, primarily to negotiate and obtain royalties. When a client is first accepted into the program, our social workers conduct a thorough evaluation to determine what and which support systems can be put into place to stabilize his/her home situations. Financial aid is given with counselor support and guidance to ensure that clients are planning their next steps and keeping on track. A majority of the JFA clients are 50 years of age and older and have long-standing life and health issues, so providing immediate services and follow up is essential.