On day two of our 30th Annual Paint the Town event, September 28, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation presented NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center Sacramento Region (NeighborWorks Sacramento) with two $100,000 grants at an award ceremony during the neighborhood improvement event!
Grant awards included a $100,000 Neighborhood Local Initiative grant award for NeighborWorks Sacramento’s Community Empowerment and Development Project, which supports community and leadership development activities in Del Paso Heights, and a $100,000 Priority Markets award, which supports projects, programs and initiatives that help remove barriers to sustainable housing in low- and moderate-income in Del Paso Heights.
Funds will be used to invest in resident leadership training, through NeighborWorks Sacramento, and support resident leaders in the planning and implementation of future development projects in their neighborhoods.
“When residents lead the investments in their own communities – it ensures that development projects going into those communities are needed, wanted, reflective, and benefit the residents,” Sherri Kirk, a Del Paso Heights resident leader. “The funding provided by Wells Fargo Housing Foundation is so important because it allows us residents to build the neighborhoods we envision for our families and generations to come.”
Such developments would not be possible without the partnerships between Del Paso Heights resident leaders, NeighborWorks Sacramento, and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. However, NeighborWorks Sacramento and resident leaders have a long-term goal of building 30 affordable homes in the community – a $7.5M development project.
“Change doesn’t happen without investment and dedication, both of which Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has displayed here today and we are incredibly grateful and excited,” said Juan Riviera, President and CEO of NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center Sacramento Region. “Your foundation has made the first commitment to help Del Paso Heights residents create the neighborhood they envision and deserve, and we are committed to work with residents to raise all the funds for this project to become a reality.”
NeighborWorks Sacramento’s “Paint the Town” has completed more than 420 improvement and beautification projects over the last 30 years. On Friday September 27 and Saturday September 28, NeighborWorks Sacramento helped transform the neighborhood with support from Wells Fargo, Sacramento Community Engagement Center, University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law, GRID Alternatives, Boys Team Charity – Granite Bay, Sacramento Police Dept., SMUD, Girls Leading Our World, U.S. Bank, the Ohm Boys, and more!