top of page
  • Writer's pictureVolume 82 Magazine

Missy Elliott Donates $50,000 to 26 Families in Her Home Town Facing Eviction

Missy Elliott. Photo/Instagram

Missy Elliott donated $50,000 to 26 families needing rental assistance in her hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia, when returning home to be honored for "Missy Elliott Day." She donated monies to the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority for families facing eviction.

Last year in October, Portsmouth created "Missy Elliott Day" after renaming a boulevard after the star and giving her the key to the city. For this year's celebration, the rapper said, "I wanted to give back, and that be the celebration of Missy Elliott Day just to show I love everyone here. I love my city," Missy said to the city's local news outlet WAVY News." The Grammy-award-winning artist said, “For me, who has been in a situation like that with my mother, a single mother, that’s what made it important,” Elliott said. “I felt like I could relate to being in a place where you don’t know where you are going next.” The tenants were very appreciative of her gesture. Tenant Kayla Hale told WAVY she has a court hearing at the end of the month, “I had an eviction,” she said. “I go to court on Oct. 26. I didn’t have a plan.” “I am just grateful. It will help me out a whole lot."

Although no longer a resident, Missy shared the following sentiments about her hometown per WAVY: "Just know that P-town is with me no matter where I go; I love my city. I love my state. I love everything about it. Everything about Missy comes from here — the hospitality, the humility, the confidence — if you mess with me, it’s a problem. We sweet, but don’t try us.”

We take our hat off to Missy; her donation is such a good look! To follow this story and other news, click the link to become a Volume 82 site member.



bottom of page