BRATTLEBORO >> Get ready to tap your feet and clap your hands — Windham & Windsor Housing Trust is bringing the Harlem Gospel Choir to town! Mark your calendar for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro for an evening of contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues. Tickets are on sale now at 888-757-5559 or at Catamount Arts at tickets.catamountarts.org.
For over two decades the Harlem Gospel Choir has toured the globe, thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music, performing alongside superstars such as Bono, Diana Ross, and Pharrell Williams. They have performed for three Presidents, two Popes, Ban Ki-Moon, and the UN General Assembly. Black gospel music can be traced back to the 1700s when African slaves brought their unique musical heritage to America and combined it with their new faith. Out of the hardship and trials of slavery, this unique musical tradition came to be, and forever changed music as we know it. Blues, Soul, and Rock-and-Roll...they all have origins in black gospel music.
Windham & Windsor Housing Trust Executive Director Connie Snow said, "We are excited to bring the Harlem Gospel Choir to Brattleboro for our annual fundraiser. The concert is possible because of the generous support of our Grand Sponsors, Brattleboro Savings & Loan and the Richards Group and Sponsors Chroma Technology Corp and Trust Company of Vermont. Their support allows us to pursue our mission to strengthen the communities of Southeast Vermont through the development and stewardship of permanently affordable housing and through ongoing support and advocacy for residents. Please join us as we 'Raise the Roof' with the Harlem Gospel Choir to support housing choices in Southeast Vermont." The concert promises to be infectiously enthusiastic; a roller coaster ride of singing and dancing; a gospel celebration!
WWHT has more than 800 homes and apartments in 25 towns throughout Windham and southern Windsor Counties. Over 1300 people, about a quarter of whom are children, live in affordable WWHT apartments or shared-equity homes. It helps residents buy homes through their shared-equity program, through which the price of a home is reduced when WWHT owns the underlying property. This is the community land trust model, and the benefit is permanent as subsequent owners continue to pay only for the structure and not the property. There are 131 shared-equity homes in the two counties. WWHT home loan programs focus on helping low and moderate income homeowners pay for improvements for accessibility, energy efficiency and health and safety. There are multiple low-interest loans and some grants available. For information on all of the programs, see the web site at w-wht.org.