LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from Lubbock Habitat for Humanity:
Lubbock Habitat for Humanity will be moving a house that LISD students have been building, from the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center, to the Habitat neighborhood located at 404 N. Guava, on Friday, August 27th. Movers will load and move the house at 10 a.m. on Friday morning.
Lubbock Habitat for Humanity recently received a Wells Fargo Builds grant in the amount of $30,000 which provides materials for this house and one other. This LISD program allows Career and Technical Education students to learn construction and trades such as plumbing and electrical by building Habitat homes at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center.
Lubbock is one of more than 220 Habitat organizations awarded a grant from Wells Fargo as part of its nationwide initiative to help low-to-moderate income families construct and improve homes across the country.
“Far too many people across the country are facing housing instability and one of our key priorities is to create housing solutions where everyone can have a safe and affordable place to call home,” said David Ogle, Wells Fargo Lubbock District Manager. “We are proud to support Habitat for Humanity in providing homeownership opportunities for hundreds of families nationwide through Wells Fargo Builds.”
Lubbock Habitat will receive $30,000 and use the grant to fund the completion of two Habitat homes built through the LISD CTE program. Lubbock Habitat Executive Director Christy Reeves says, “Wells Fargo has always been a great supporter of our organization. The funding they are providing for construction of these homes will transform the lives of the Habitat homeowners as well as the students who learn valuable skills doing the construction. Wells Fargo is making a huge difference in the Lubbock community through this gift.”
The grant is part of a $7.75 million donation Wells Fargo is making to Habitat for Humanity International through Wells Fargo Builds, an initiative that provides philanthropic financial support and volunteerism to create sustainable affordable housing. More than 340 homes will be constructed or repaired with Habitat in over 40 states through the initiative this year. Wells Fargo Builds is part of Wells Fargo’s $1billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.
Lubbock Habitat currently builds four to six homes each year for qualified applicants who are accepted into the affordable housing program. Homeowners are required to perform 250 hours of “sweat equity” by attending financial literacy and education classes as well as doing construction on their home and other Habitat houses.
(Press release from Lubbock Habitat for Humanity)