CeeLo Green, the exuberant soul singer best known for his televised vocal coaching and pointed Grammy-nominated single “F— You!”, is coming to Baltimore next month to headline a fundraiser combating homelessness.
Green’s concert is the sole act on the bill for “An Evening of Unexpected Delights,” a benefit for the city’s 10-year-old plan dubbed “The Journey Home” that has sought to “make homelessness rare and brief” within a decade.
The plan was first put into action in 2008 with a housing-first approach, which entails moving chronically homeless individuals off of streets and into permanent housing. Homelessness remains a pervasive problem a decade out—Baltimore was notably one of several cities where the homeless population increased recently–and the city hasn’t ended the practice of clearing out encampments amid a dearth of permanent housing to move those people into.
Still, it remains a worthy fight with around 3,000 people living without shelter on city streets. Mayor Catherine Pugh, who announced Green as the headliner of next month’s fundraiser, for her part has pegged the price of ending homelessness at $350 million. She released a plan last year that hinges on private donors pitching in.
And here’s a chance for a select few to do just that. The fundraiser is set for Oct. 20 at The Modell Lyric. A limited number of tickets are going for $50 to $80, with VIP packages costing $100. The theme for this year’s event is “Building Up Baltimore—Brick by Brick.”
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