For Immediate Release
July 12, 2017
Media Contact: Victor Ramirez
NPHS Inc. Partners with Wells Fargo & Home Matters® Movement to
Create Independent Living for U.S. Veterans
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA – NPHS Inc. is partnering with the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation and Home Matters® movement supporters to announce an effort to re-model and refurbish five homes across the country to ensure veterans are able to live in safe and healthy housing. The most recent collaboration between Home Matters and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, known as Home Matters to Veterans, will include “universal design” elements in the homes to allow the veterans to comfortably age-in-place. Thanks to a grant from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, NPHS will be integrating Universal Design features as part of a home in Highland, CA that will be rehabilitated and sold to a qualifying Veteran family.
With an estimated 10,000 Americans turning 65-years old each day, ageless designs allow people to have more control over how and where they live, enabling them to stay in their homes as they grow older.
“NPHS is committed to integrating Universal Design into our housing development strategies that will allow homeowners such as Veterans to age in place in their own homes,” says NPHS CEO Clemente Arturo Mojica. “NPHS is proud to have been selected as part of this unique collaboration allowing us to complete our first Universal Design project to benefit a Veteran homebuyer.”
Homes in San Bernardino County, San Francisco, New York City, Columbus, GA, and Appalachia will be renovated by Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services (NPHS Inc.), Rebuilding Together San Francisco, Rebuilding Together New York City, NeighborWorks Columbus, and FAHE, respectively – all supporters of the Home Matters movement.
“While this initiative is just five homes for now, it provides a replicable model of various universal design elements that, no matter what budget someone has, can be added to help improve their emotional and physical well-being now and into the future,” said Dave Brown, CEO of Home Matters. “Because ultimately home is a quality-of-life issue.”
Universal design is meant to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. The intent of the universal model is to simplify life for everyone by making more homes usable by more people at little or no extra cost. For example, some of the universal design elements in these renovated homes will include features such as: step-free entrances; curb-less showers; multi-height work and storage surfaces and more. Home Matters and its partners recently released a universal design Toolkit (as part of the Home Today, Home Tomorrow Design Challenge) with features the participating non-profits will be drawing their inspiration from:
A supporter of the Home Matters movement since its inception, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation is focused on creating affordable and sustainable housing initiatives that serve low-and moderate-income households – including for seniors, veterans, and families – through community revitalization efforts.
“We believe everyone deserves a decent, safe place to call home,” said Martin Sundquist executive director of the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. “We applaud this effort by Home Matters to make pointed improvements to each of the homes and meaningful differences for the veterans living in them.”
More than 40 percent of homeless vets are between ages 31 and 50. Poverty, lack of support from groups or networks, and substandard housing put about 1.4 million veterans at risk for homelessness*.
About Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services (NPHS)
NPHS is a local nonprofit community economic development organization part of the Neighborworks® Network which is dedicated to building stronger communities by providing down payment assistance, homebuyer education, homeownership retention counseling, and affordable housing development benefitting low to moderate income families. NPHS also promotes economic development through their social enterprise programs providing access to capital, residential and commercial realty services and solar loan programs. NPHS’ mission is to build stronger communities in the Inland Valley by providing innovative housing opportunities, helping families succeed in homeownership and partnering to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. Visit www.nphsinc.org for further information.
About Home Matters®
Home Matters is a national movement designed to ensure that every American lives in a safe, nurturing environment with access to education, healthcare, public spaces and community services. A key part of what we are doing is re-defining the American Dream. We believe the New American Dream is a societal commitment to improve and balance quality of life and that Home is our nation’s common denominator. We exist to raise funds and build awareness of the need for more affordable homes and better communities across the country. We’re a national coalition with over 375 nonprofit, government and corporate partners working hard toward ambitious goals over the next decade. www.HomeMattersAmerica.com
About the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation
In 2016, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation donated nearly $20 million in support of affordable housing initiatives serving low-and moderate-income households – including for seniors, veterans, and families – through community revitalization efforts. Since its inception in 1993, the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has invested more than $190 million to such efforts, along with mobilizing more than 4.7 million team member volunteer hours to build and rehabilitate nearly 7,100 homes and counting. www.wellsfargo.com/about/wfhf_oview.