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We Are Pulling Together - August 2019
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We Are Doing Something About It! 

It’s no secret that housing cost have risen so sharply over the last six years, many of our fellow neighbors have been priced right out of the market. To address this very issue, the Cost of Home Campaign was created as a strategic alliance of Habitat’s from across the country to advocate for changes in local, state and federal policies to increase housing affordability.
   
Right now, over 18 million U.S. households pay half or more of their income on a place to live, in Fresno and Madera County that number is even higher. This means 1 in 6 families are denied the personal and economic stability that safe, decent and affordable housing provides. They are forced to make impossible budget choices between having a safe home, nutritious food on the table, health care, access to good schools, or reliable transportation.
  
By joining the campaign, we are working to change that, alongside 14 other affiliates in California and 264 across the country our joint commitment over the next five years is to find meaningful solutions and to help draft policies to provide opportunities for 10 million individuals meet their most basic needs.
   
There are four tenants to meet that commitment: 1. Expand resources for home production, 2. Further inclusive access to credit; 3. Create policies that help enhance equitable access to land and; 4. Support policy supporting communities of opportunity through such vehicles as land banks and home repair/modification assistance.
   
Our local advocacy plan includes public policy goals and meetings with local, state and federal policymakers. So far, we have shared our public policy goals with numerous state, federal and local officials, in addition to participating in bi-monthly advocacy action conference calls with Habitat California. 
   
If you are interested in joining our cause, please contact Matthew Grundy, our Chief Executive Officer here.

To learn more about the Cost of Homes Campaign go here
Team Wells Fargo Goes the Extra Mile to Support Habitat!
Wells Fargo and its employees have volunteered with Habitat regularly for over the last two decades, providing well over 15,000 volunteer hours and nearly $600,000 in much needed funding to support our effort of building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter in Fresno and Madera County.
    
Continuing the commitment, and for the first time ever, a team of 20 Wells Fargo employees joined the Clovis ReStore staff for some major summer projects and to help move and sort merchandise for transfer to our Fresno and Madera ReStore locations to be sold.  
   
Jacob Dixon, Relationship Manager with Wells Fargo and the coordinator of the workday, is also a Habitat Board member said, “Wells Fargo team members were grateful to be able to partner with such a terrific organization as Habitat and to be able to make an impact on the community in this meaningful way.”
 
When asked what advice he’d give to someone thinking of volunteering at a ReStore, Dixon replied, “Don’t wait around, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the positive impact it will have on you, not just those you help.”
 
Habitat ReStores offer both big and small group’s volunteer opportunities at the warehouse or on the sales floor and days and hours are flexible. Torin Blount, ReStore Director, adds, “You get to meet new people and your efforts allow us to expand our primary mission to bring meanigul and affordable housing solutions in the Greater Fresno and Madera area.”
 
To schedule a volunteer opportunity at ReStore, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Pedelty at (559) 237-4102 X 115 or by emailing Sarah here.
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