I made a comment about this on Adrastos' blog, and I'm going to expand a little.
Dick Shavers applied for a habitat home in the alleged "Musicians' Village", but was denied.
Hot 8 Brass Band snare drummer Dinerral Shavers grew up in the Lower Ninth Ward, a couple blocks from the levee. After Katrina, his mom’s house floated an entire block. He seemed the perfect candidate for Habitat for Humanity’s Musicians’ Village. But when he and most of band mates applied, all of them were turned down. “We were told to straighten out our credit,” he says.
Seven members of the Rebirth Brass Band lost their homes after Hurricane Katrina. Not one has applied for the Musicians’ Village, says leader and tuba player Phil Frazier. “I think a lot of musicians have bad credit, so they’re just not messing with it,” he says.
The Musicians’ Village is moving more slowly. Shavers says that he doesn’t know one brass band musician who qualified. “Who are the musicians who are getting in?” he asks. “Are they jazz musicians?”
Habitat is trying to adjust. For instance, musicians are finding it difficult to confirm their income, since they’re often paid in cash and haven’t always filed tax returns. “Income verification—it’s a disaster,” says Evans. So Habitat is getting “very creative.” For one applicant, Evans photocopied a spiral-bound notebook of upcoming gigs to verify upcoming income.
Habitat can’t, however, get too creative with credit reports. Applicants are denied for bankruptcies within the past two years, federal judgments or tax liens, and outstanding collection accounts. The last criteria has been the real killer for musicians, says Evans.
Isn't that the whole bleeping reason the Musicians' Village was started? So that musicians, who may not always have verifiable income, could have a place to live? Otherwise, what makes it any different from a regular Habitat home???
Isn't that why fools like me donated to the Village, to keep our musicians here???
If Dinerral and his family had been accepted into the Village, their son would have been in a different district.
They were trying to take him out of his current school for safety issues.
Had they been in the MV home, he wouldn't have been the target of a hit.
And Dinerral would be alive today.
And Rabouin would have their marching band.
Maybe they'll move the Musicians Village to Houston, where the musicians must have better credit.
Pure tragedy update: It appears that Dinerral Shavers revised application was accepted.
The day before he was murdered.