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3/7/2014: UrbanLIFT Grant Ceremony

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3/7/2014: UrbanLIFT Grant Ceremony

Wells Fargo’s UrbanLIFT Community Grant Program to Habitat for Humanity Riverside and Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services

On Friday March 7th, Habitat for Humanity Riverside HFHR opened its doors to distinguished guests such as: California State Senator Richard D. Roth, Assemblyman Jose Medina, City of Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, City of Jurupa Valley Mayor Pro-tem Mike Goodland, City of Fontana Mayor Aquanetta Warren, NeighborWorks America Pacific Region Vice President Vanitha Venugopal, Wells Fargo- Habitat for Humanity Riverside Board Member Robin Hought, Wells Fargo- Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services Community Development Officer Jack Olree,  and other wonderful dignitaries and partnering agencies for the awarding of Wells Fargo’s UrbanLIFT Community Grant Program to HFHR and Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services NPHS totaling $458,600. Each organization received $229,300.

HFHR and NPHS were two of the 59 other non-profits aroiund the United States chosen to receive this UrbanLIFT Community Grant Program to strengthen 25 metropolitan statistical areas in the United States that has suffered dramatic effects from the economy and housing crisis. This grant is funded by Wells Fargo and administered by NeighborWorks America. The applicants participated in a competitive process and were chosen due to their capacity and demonstrated experience. The grant is specific to four types of projects: single-family housing rehabilitation, single-family demolition, neighborhood improvement and housing related site improvements. HFHR and NPHS have chosen strategic initiatives for the grant money.

HFHR will further the effort and support of Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative NRI, which serves families by responding to community aspirations, empower residents to revive their neighborhoods, connect the community to local services and enhance their quality of life. Karin Roberts, Executive Director of HFHR said “As an advocate and leader in Riverside County’s neighborhood revitalization efforts, our mission is to eliminate substandard housing by making decent, affordable housing a matter of conscience.” NPHS plans on installing solar panels on homes in Riverside County and the removal of several blighted homes in the city of Perris paving the way for seven affordable houses. NPHS’ Sustainable Communities Catalyst Project will prioritize the resources they have in developing neighborhoods throughout the Inland Valley. President and CEO Clemente Arturo Mojica said that “these funds will help advance both our green building and neighborhood revitalization programs.” Celia Lanning, Wells Fargo’s Inland Empire area president said that “these grants will help advance community stabilization in cities that were significantly impacted by the housing downturn.” Lanning also said, “We look forward to seeing how the projects, funded by the UrbanLIFT community grant program, help create safer and sustainable neighborhoods.”