HomeAid Houston , a non-profit charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), received a $200,000 check from Wells Fargo Bank at their September board of directors' meeting. Ernest Campbell, Regional Diverse Segments Manager with Wells Fargo and Alan Watkins, Community Development Affairs and VP at Wells Fargo presented the check to Carl Salazar, executive director of HomeAid and Bill Dalton, president of HomeAid. The check was awarded to HomeAid as a grant to help fund HomeAid and GHBA's Hurricane Harvey recovery initiative, BuildAid Houston.
HomeAid Houston builds transformational housing for Houston’s homeless population. The charity works with homeless care agencies to help them identify their new construction and remodeling needs and then pairs them with GHBA builders, remodelers and their suppliers to obtain donations of labor and materials. Many of these same builders became part of BuildAid after Hurricane Harvey. The initiative was created by David Weekley and the David Weekley Family Foundation with a $1M donation and a subsequent $5.5M grant from the Greater Houston Community Partnership among many other contributions.
Through BuildAid, homeowners must meet a specific criteria to be qualified for assistance. These include homes that are construction ready with a mold certificate, homes that have no deferred maintenance such as prior foundation or framing problems, low to moderate income homeowners, homes valued at plus or minus $150,000 depending on the homeowner's circumstances, and homes not in the 100 year flood plain.
“We’re excited that the Wells Fargo Priority Markets Program grant will help support HomeAid’s BuildAid initiative," said Alan Watkins. "The work that BuildAid is doing to address critical, affordable housing needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is essential to rebuilding our neighborhoods. The impact of each dollar invested through our Priority Markets Program will be magnified by enabling nonprofits like HomeAid to combine funding with other community grants as the catalyst for their neighborhood revitalization work, serving as a powerful example of the positive impact that can be achieved with thoughtful public-private collaboration.”
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Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 8,050 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 38 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations.
“HomeAid cannot thank Wells Fargo enough for this generous contribution," said Bill Dalton, president of HomeAid. "These funds will help HomeAid continue working to bring hope and reconstructed homes to those affected by this historic event.”