HomeAid Inland Empire Touts $8,300 in Grants, Donations from Wells Fargo Bank Entities

The non-profit HomeAid Inland Empire recently received more than $8,300 in grants and donations from Wells Fargo Bank entities to help fund renovation of several homeless shelter facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, HomeAid IE officials announced Tuesday.

HomeAid Inland Empire is a Riverside non-profit organization affiliated with the Riverside County and Baldy View chapters of the Building Industry Association.

The $8,300 in grants and donations came from the Wells Fargo Bank Foundation, as well as Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and its team members, HomeAid IE officials said.

"There are more than 5,000 people homeless every day in Riverside and San  Bernardino counties from emancipated youth and single women with children to adult men and women, many of whom are veterans, and families," HomeAid IE executive director Ray Osborne said.

"HomeAid Inland Empire is working closely with our various service provider partners to create dignified, quality shelters to give up to 2,500 of these homeless individuals and families a temporary place to live each month, but there is still much more that needs to be done to serve the needs of the growing and ever changing homeless population in this area," Osborne said.

In 2013, HomeAid Inland Empire officials are working on five shelter renovation  and construction projects, adding 114 permanent beds to help end homelessness in the two-county area, non-profit officials said.

Since 1990, HomeAid Inland Empire has renovated or built 23 homeless shelters, housing 629 beds, non-profit officials said. The value of these facilities exceeds $16.7 million, with more than $6.2 million in funding and in-kind donations of labor and materials provided by Building Industry Association members, HomeAid IE officials said.

For more info about HomeAid Inland Empire contact Osborne at ray@homeiadie.org, or visit homeaidie.org to volunteer or make a donation.


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