Wells Fargo Grants to Help Kansas City Neighborhoods

April 9, 2015 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Eight non-profit organizations to share $500,000 in funding

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), announced today that Wells Fargo Foundation – as part of the Kansas City NeighborhoodLIFT program launched in July 2014 – will donate $500,000 to eight nonprofit organizations committed to neighborhood revitalization, including homeless prevention programs for veterans and their families.

“I know support from the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program will make a difference for Kansas City,” Mayor James said. “My hope is that projects and programs funded by these grants will help Kansas City be known as the community that makes sure that homeless veterans and all the homeless get the shelter and services they need and deserve.”

The local grant recipients were selected in close collaboration with James and the city’s Neighborhood and Housing Services Department to help address key local homelessness and other housing initiatives in the Kansas City community.

The combined $500,000 in grants is part of the Wells Fargo Kansas City NeighborhoodLIFT program that invested a total of $6.65 million to help boost homeownership in the community, according to Kirk Kellner, Wells Fargo regional president.

“We’re proud to do our part to help Kansas City neighborhoods,” Kellner said. “We believe these nonprofits are doing exceptional work and that these funds will add up to make a big impact for the Kansas City community.”

The following Kansas City nonprofits are receiving the grants:

Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph — $50,000 to support economic development for the nonprofit’s homeless and training program.

Guadalupe Centers Inc. — $35,000 for transitional housing and family assistance.

Kansas Children’s Service League — $20,000 to support at-risk youth programs.

ReEngage — $10,000 to support the agency’s workforce development program.

ReStart  – $250,000 in support of new construction that will create 33 units of permanent housing for low-income families.

Sheffield Place — $35,000 in support of a housing redevelopment project to serve homeless mother and children.

Women’s Employment Network — $20,000 in support of the agency’s workforce development program.

Greater Kansas City Housing Information Center — $80,000 in support of housing counseling and foreclosure prevention programs.

The NeighborhoodLIFT program is also helping create 300 Kansas City homeowners with a $15,000 down-payment assistance grant after they complete homebuyer education. These grants are administered by Neighborhood and Housing Services of Kansas City and awarded to eligible homebuyers with annual incomes that do not exceed 120 percent of the Kansas City, Missouri, area median income, which is about $83,900 for a family of four.

Since 2012, with a combined $242 million investment ($6.65 million in Kansas City) by Wells Fargo, LIFT programs have been introduced to 32 communities deeply affected by the housing crisis.

The program has created more than 9,100 homeowners (about 300 in Kansas City) with the help of down-payment assistance and homebuyer education.

To implement the program, Wells Fargo collaborated with the Wells Fargo Foundation; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; NeighborWorks America, and its local affiliate, Neighborhood and Housing Services of Kansas City.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries 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. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

 

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