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Wells Fargo and others to build a low to moderate-income family home in Arlington

Wells Fargo & Co. announced a donation April 18 of $15,000 to support 60 hours of team members volunteer work as part of its Team Member Volunteer Program in partnership with Housing Channel.

The effort will contribute to the City of Arlington’s revitalization efforts in East Arlington, the bank said in a news release.

“I’m very grateful for our partnership with Wells Fargo and the many supporters who have contributed to our first Design Build project,” said Donna VanNess, president of the Housing Channel.

Wells Fargo teamed with the City of Arlington, Housing Channel and the UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning & Public Affairs (CAPPA) to empower a group of senior college students to design and oversee the build out of a low-income home in East Arlington.

“The city appreciates community organizations that work so well together to provide quality housing for our residents. This project in particular embodies the spirit of partnership that has lasting benefits from the unique hands-on learning opportunities for UT Arlington students, to the professors and housing professionals that oversee the design and construction process, to the Wells Fargo and HUD HOME funds that made the project possible,” said assistant city manager Jim Parajon.

UTA collaborated by developing a Design Build project. The aim of this project was to engage senior Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs college students through the entire process of building a quality, affordable single-family home to gain real-world experience from conception to construction.

“Wells Fargo is committed to improving the quality of life for residents throughout Texas. Working together with great organizations like Housing Channel and with the volunteer efforts of members of our communities we can create, safe, decent housing and further the dream of home ownership for all Americans,” Karen Jones, district manager for Wells Fargo in Arlington, said in the release.

The house, at 820 Truman St., was funded in part with the Housing & Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program and will be sold to a low to moderate-income family through the Arlington Homebuyer Assistance Program.

Wells Fargo donated the vacant lot set and provided additional funding and volunteer support through the Team Member Volunteer Program.

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