Habitat for Humanity of Dane County 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 affordability solutions where everyone can have a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Christina Smith-Wilkie, SBA Business Development Officer for Wells Fargo. “We are proud to support Habitat for Humanity in providing homeownership opportunities for hundreds of families nationwide through Wells Fargo Builds.”
Habitat for Humanity of Dane County will receive $30,000 and use the funding to build two homes for two Habitat families in Stoughton, Wis. including:
– Lidije & Beikim who came to the U.S. as refugees from the war in Kosovo in 1999. They have three children 16-year-old Erald, 11-year-old Erza and four-year-old Ema. Between starting new in the U.S., living on a very tight budget and caring for their oldest son with autism, homeownership seemed like an out-of-reach dream, now made a reality with the help of Wells Fargo.
– Liridona & Nexhmedin also came to the U.S. as refugees from the war in Kosovo. The couple has four daughters, 13-year-old Anduela, 11-year-old Ayrela, 9-year-old Ariana, and three-year-old Ameia.
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 $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.