Habitat for Humanity of York County and Wells Fargo team up in Rock Hill and across the country to help build affordable homes
York County, SC August 10, 2020 – Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded York County Habitat with a $15,000 grant to build an affordable home in Rock Hill at 1511 Todd Street. The funding is part of an $8.1 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International for capacity building and direct mission support to build, renovate and repair more than 350 affordable homes across the United States. The grant is provided through Wells Fargo Builds℠ and part of the Wells Fargo Foundation’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.
“We have a rich history of working with Habitat for Humanity of York County to strengthen our neighborhoods through philanthropy and volunteerism,” said Kendall Alley, Region Bank President for Charlotte. “Safe and stable housing is fundamental to a healthy financial future. The Wells Fargo Builds program is another demonstration of our commitment to improve lives and strengthen communities.”
Wells Fargo Builds provides philanthropic financial assistance from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support the construction, renovation, painting or repairing of homes with low-to-moderate income households. In 2019 alone, Wells Fargo employees volunteered more than 1.9 million hours of service to strengthen their communities, including building, repairing, and improving 674 homes across the U.S. with several organizations through Wells Fargo Builds.
“More than 18 million U.S. households spend half or more of their income on a place to live, and almost 31% of women-headed households with children are below the poverty level,” said Tim Veeck, Executive Director for York County Habitat. “History has proven that women and their families have the power to make remarkable changes and spark meaningful conversations. With the support of Wells Fargo we will advocate for positive change in the housing needs of low wealth families.”
Now, in these very challenging times, York County Habitat stands ready once again to offer a hand up to families in need of safe, decent and affordable homes. The grant will support the construction of an affordable home for the Sibley family, a single mom who is visual impaired and her school age son. A number of faith communities are also supporting this family with volunteers and financial resources.
About York County Habitat
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity of York County was founded in 1988. Since our founding, through our homeownership program 76 families and their children now live in safe and affordable homes and more than 158 families are living in healthier, safer, more energy efficient and accessible homes through our repair program. This is thanks to thousands of selfless volunteers and generous donors who have contributed to our work. Habitat for Humanity International began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries serving more than 22 million individuals. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.yorkcountyhabitat.org