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Master P Joins HUD Secretary To Help Rebuild New Orleans
According to Hip Hop DX:
Four years after Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast and nearly wiped out the city of New Orleans, entrepreneur Percy Miller, also popularly recognized as No Limit rapper, Master P [click to read], is aiding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in an effort to rebuild the community.
Thursday, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan alongside Master P, celebrated the first day of construction as developers broke ground on the new neighborhood. The B.W. Cooper Housing Projects, formerly known as Calliope Apartments where Master P got his start, is being demolished and will soon be replaced with up-to-date apartment buildings. The new and improved development is being renamed Marrero Commons after the late New Orleans activist and former president of B.W. Cooper’s resident management corporation, Yvonne Marrero, who passed away during the hurricane.
“I’m honored to be a part of the ground breaking alongside President Obama’s right hand man, Secretary Shaun Donovan who shares the same goals as me, which is to help B.W. Cooper residents get back into their new homes,” said Master P in a recent press release.
Repopulation and restoring homes has been a primary concern since disaster struck in 2005, causing a continuous increase of more than 90 billion dollars in damages. In the B.W. Cooper housing projects alone, 1,000 units were evacuated and the majority of them were demolished. By giving back to the community, Master P with the help of HUD, nearly 1,500 apartments will be built that will be able to house more than 3,077 people.
The Marrero Commons is tentatively scheduled to open in early 2010.
The philanthropy does not end there, as Master P is also planning to volunteer and donate to One Million Gifts, an organization that helps to feed and clothe one million people for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to under served communities.
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