HomeAid Houston received a $200,000 check from Wells Fargo Bank at the 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.
Many of the same builders who partner with HomeAid on construction projects also 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 Foundation among many other contributions.
“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.”
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.
“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.”