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December 1, 2020

Fauquier Habitat receives $15,000 Wells Fargo grant

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The grant will support construction of a “Women Build” house in Remington.
Fauquier Habitat for Humanity has received a $15,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to help build an affordable home in Remington.

The donation will support construction of the foundation for Fauquier Habitat’s next “Women Build” house.

By January, more than 145 women had joined a team, each pledging to raise $250 and to build a new home in Remington. The group raised almost $40,000 in three months.

Then, COVID-19 forced Fauquier Habitat to postpone all volunteer events until they can safely resume. But, Habitat partnered with subcontractors to complete the construction of the Remington house, guaranteeing one of its partner families a safe and decent place to live by December 2021.

“Fauquier Habitat for Humanity wants to do more – needs to do more – to help address our region’s affordable housing challenge,” CEO Darryl Neher said. “But we cannot do this alone; the key to building sustainable, long-term affordable housing options requires strong community partnerships with organizations such as Wells Fargo Builds and the willingness to embrace innovative and creative solutions.”

Wells Fargo Builds made an $8.1-million donation to Habitat for Humanity International for capacity building and direct mission support to build, renovate and repair more than 350 affordable homes across the United States. The Wells Fargo Foundation has committed $1 billion to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.

“We’ve had a rich history of working with Fauquier Habitat to strengthen our neighborhoods through philanthropy and volunteerism,” Wells Fargo Regional Bank President Shane McLaughlin said. “Safe and stable housing enables people to build upon the rest of their life and, together, we can shift the narrative to help others understand that housing affordability is both an economic and humanitarian crisis that’s taking a toll on millions of people.”

Fauquier Habitat launched its “Women Build” program 15 years ago.

Since its founding in 1991, the local Habitat affiliate has built 55 houses and rehabilitated others to help almost 200 people in Fauquier and Rappahannock counites.

The organization’s path to home ownership requires long-term partnerships with the purchasers. The application process takes an average of three to four months, and the typical time frame between approval for home-ownership and purchase of a home runs 18 to 24 months. Monthly mortgages remain affordable – at or below 30 percent of household income.

Additional programs include neighborhood revitalization, critical home repair, aging in place and preservation.
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SterlingBrady · December 4, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Well i just wanna say its unbelievable website where people earning so much and this is astonishing that why we waste our time in this volunteer pandemic situation , its most profitable for foreigners that working as a whole team , build up their houses by doing such kind of thing , i wanna suggest this website all women who has intense need to make their house better , yep its really faultier habitat , where women have ability to prove them selves .
Savefauquiercounty2019 · December 3, 2020 at 5:14 am
Wells Fargo, you are the George in the community. One home at a time. Affordable, decent housing is sorely needed. Mr. Potter, one day won't have any tenants. If you own a rental home, be a decent land lord. Recruit educators, you will be helping to retain them. Seniors on fixed incomes often have to leave FC. There are long waiting lists for affordable housing. If you are a senior and need assisted living and live on a fixed income there are NO assisted living facilities in FC. You will have to put your name on waiting list in Crozet. This is a serious sign FC has been mismanaged.
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