Macon Area Habitat for Humanity Receives Wells Fargo Neighborhood Revitalization Grant

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Macon Area Habitat for Humanity has been awarded a Wells Fargo neighborhood revitalization grant of $22,500.
“We have a long history of working with Habitat for Humanity to strengthen local neighborhoods and build better communities,” said Clay Tidwell, Wells Fargo Assistant Vice President. “In addition to providing grants, our team members volunteer to revitalize neighborhoods and create affordable and sustainable housing alongside families in need of a place to call home.”
Macon Area Habitat for Humanity will use the grant to complete the Lynmore Estates Safe at Home project. The project will complete projects designed to promote the concept of CPTED – Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. The projects include a safety audit, landscaping clean-up and the installation of exterior safety features for homeowners. Each home in Lynmore Estates will receive a copy of their safety audit and a light timer for their home. On Saturday, February 17, volunteers from Wells Fargo will spend the day working with homeowners in Lynmore Estates to trim overgrown bushes and limbs to create clear sightlines around their homes as well as install storm doors, peep holes and solar powered flood lights.
Nationwide, Wells Fargo is providing $300,000 in grants to support 11 Habitat for Humanity communities to implement revitalization projects, including neighborhood beautification and repairs to community common areas. The funding will also support two additional communities with their plans to develop formal strategies for future revitalization projects.
“We are so grateful for the support of Wells Fargo and their team members. The CPTED projects will help residents learn important steps they can take to create a safe environment in and around their home. The program also shows how a well maintained home provides a welcoming and attractive environment, but also deters criminal activity,” said Ivey Hall, Executive Director of Macon Area Habitat for Humanity.
Neighborhood revitalization is Habitat’s approach for responding to community aspirations of reviving local neighborhoods and enhancing quality of life for current and future residents. Through strong partnerships with donors, volunteers and dedicated families, Habitat has been able to revive and rehabilitate more than 300 neighborhoods across the country.
The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has donated more than $44 million since 2010 to local Habitat organizations, of which $14 million has supported national programs to bring people together to build strength, stability and independence through shelter.