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News Release: 9/29/2020

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September 29, 2020
For Immediate Release
Press Release
Media Contact:
Wendy Clow, Executive Director
Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity
Phone: (517) 784-6620
Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo team up in Jackson County and
across the country to help build affordable housing

Jackson, MI (September 25, 2020): Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity with a $15,000 grant to support a home build project in Jackson County. 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 is part of the Wells Fargo Foundation’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.
“We’ve had a rich history of working with Habitat for Humanity to strengthen our neighborhoods through philanthropy and volunteerism,” said Marybeth Howe, commercial banking executive at Wells Fargo. “Safe and stable housing enables people to build upon the rest of their life and, together, we can shift the narrative to help others understand that housing affordability is both an economic and humanitarian crisis that’s taking a toll on millions of people.”
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.
“The work Habitat does in the community wouldn’t be possible without partnerships like this one with Wells Fargo. Particularly, the economic climate we’ve found ourselves in because of the Covid-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the cost to build,” said Wendy Clow, Executive Director of Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity. “Increased cost and material delays have caused us to have to make adjustments in our budget and timelines. I can’t stress enough how important continued support like this is.”
The grant will support the build of a home in the Northwest Community Schools district for a single mother and her 2 children who need a safe and stable place to call home. By partnering with Greater Jackson Habitat, this household will receive a hand up, not a handout for achieving homeownership.
About Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity: Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Greater Jackson Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally by constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Since 1989, the affiliate has built 60 houses and repaired 19 homes for those needing a safe place to call home.
Wendy Clow, Executive Director, (517) 784-6620