As New Orleans continues to be affected by the global pandemic, Birdman wants to provide some financial relief for residents in the Uptown NOLA neighborhood where he grew up.
“I would like [to] offer to pay everybody rent for [the] month of May (for those who in need} in residents area of Uptown New Orleans where I was born and raised,” Birdman wrote on Instagram on Monday (April 20).
The 51-year-old rap mogul also thanked hospital workers for “risking [their] lives to save lives,” and urged NOLA Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the New Orleans Housing Authority, to support his charity effort.
New Orleans has reported more than 6,100 of the 24,854 COVID-19 cases in the state of Louisiana. Despite being a hot spot for the spread of the disease, parishes around New Orleans could reopen as early as May 1.
Mayor Cantrell issued a stay-at-home order for the city that remains in effect until May 15. In response to a newspaper ad calling on her to re-open businesses by the first of the month Cantrell said in part, “I will not be bullied.”
Read Birdman’s message below.
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I would like 2 offer to pay everybody rent for month of May (for those who in need) in residents area of UPTOWN New Orleans where I was born and raised at from mac melph calio and ST Thomas housing also from 3rd ward to 17th ward I would like HANO to support us on accomplishin this and @q93fm I also spoke with @theuptownangela to help me put this togather I would like our mayor @mayorcantrell help support this cause also wanna thank all hospital on front line Risking they life to save lives I wanna thanks everybody that wrk with tha Gladys and Johnny foundation my company cashmoney records @cashmoneyofficial @republicrecords for always supporting our foundation for 20plus years @universalmusicgroup #RICHGANG🦅 #STUNNAMAN @hotboyog333 @kimmykim504 @ceto504 @stunnabrand stay safe #DOIt4MSGLADYS