Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program invests $6 million to boost homeownership in San Antonio

Program kicks off on January 16-17 at the San Antonio Convention Center where eligible homebuyers can reserve $15,000 in down payment assistance grants

SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 18, 2014 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), NeighborWorks America® and Alamo Community Group will join Mayor Ivy Taylor to announce the San Antonio Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT® program, a $6 million initiative to boost homeownership and strengthen local neighborhoods.

Of the $6 million committed by Wells Fargo, $5 million will go toward down payment assistance grants and program support to help potential homebuyers overcome the barrier of making a sufficient down payment.

“Making homeownership more affordable and revitalizing our neighborhoods will help San Antonio be an even stronger community,” said Mayor Taylor. “This innovative public-private collaboration will make a significant difference for families and neighborhoods through sustainable homeownership.”

Down payment assistance grants of $15,000 will be available for eligible homebuyers with annual incomes that do not exceed 120 percent of the San Antonio area median income – which is about $70,550 for a family of four – with income maximums varying depending on family size and type of loan. To be eligible, homebuyers must meet criteria including completing an eight-hour homebuyer education session with Alamo Community Group or another HUD-approved counseling agency.

“Like many communities, San Antonio was impacted by the housing crisis,” said Jeff Schumacher, regional president with Wells Fargo Bank in San Antonio. “While mortgages are available at relatively low interest rates, many families are unable to buy a home because they struggle with making the down payment. The NeighborhoodLIFT program can help local mortgage-ready homebuyers realize their dream of owning a home.”

To reserve a $15,000 grant, participants buying homes with LIFT program down payment assistance grants must commit to live in the home for five years and qualify for a first mortgage on the property. The down payment assistance grants may also be used to buy a home that needs improvements with a new mortgage purchase 203k renovation loan.

In addition to providing down payment assistance for homebuyers, Wells Fargo will donate $500,000 to support stabilization efforts in San Antonio neighborhoods.

Registration now open for free event on January 16-17

The San Antonio NeighborhoodLIFT® program will begin with a free homebuyer event on Jan. 16-17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the San Antonio Convention Center, grand ballroom C, located at 200 E. Market.

Prospective homebuyers can register and learn more about the program at www.neighborhoodlift.com or by calling (866) 858-2151. Pre-registration is strongly recommended for an opportunity to reserve a $15,000 down payment assistance grant, although walk-ins will be welcome while funds are available. The event also includes a Wells Fargo Affordable Home Tour® viewing center where attendees can preview local homes available for sale.

“This innovative collaboration between NeighborWorks America, our network member, Alamo Community Group, and Wells Fargo will put more San Antonio families and individuals on the path to homeownership,” said Gary Wolfe, regional vice president, Rocky Mountain Region, with NeighborWorks America. “The required housing counseling and education classes provided by certified professionals have been shown to help people achieve their goal of sustainable homeownership.”

The San Antonio NeighborhoodLIFT® program down payment assistance grants may also be combined with other down payment assistance programs to provide additional financial benefit to qualified buyers. Information regarding these other programs will be available at the Jan. 16-17 event.

Participating homebuyers can obtain mortgage financing from any qualified lender and Alamo Community Group will determine eligibility and Affordable Homes of South Texas will administer the down payment assistance grants. Approved homebuyers will have up to 60 days to finalize a contract to purchase a home in San Antonio to receive a grant.

“We are proud to help families qualify for the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program down payment assistance grants,” said Jennifer Gonzalez, executive director, Alamo Community Group. “This investment will help individuals and families become homeowners, and make our community stronger. It’s a good time for families to invest in homeownership and Alamo Community Group is ready to help people prepare.”

San Antonio is the first city in 2015 to receive the NeighborhoodLIFT® program, and is now one of 32 housing markets across the country that will benefit from a total of $230 million Wells Fargo has committed through its LIFT programs. Since February 2012, LIFT programs have helped create more than 8,300 homeowners in the 31 communities where the programs have been introduced.

About the NeighborhoodLIFT® program

The NeighborhoodLIFT® program is a collaboration between Wells Fargo, the nonprofit NeighborWorks America and local nonprofit organizations. The NeighborhoodLIFT program is designed to provide sustainable homeownership initiatives in cities affected by the housing crisis. A video about the NeighborhoodLIFT program is posted on the Wells Fargo YouTube Channel.‡

About Alamo Community Group, Affordable Home of South Texas and NeighborWorks America

Alamo Community Group and Affordable Home of South Texas are chartered members of NeighborWorks America, a national organization that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities. NeighborWorks America supports a network of more than 235 nonprofits, located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Visit www.alamocommunitygroup.org, www.ahsti.org or www.neighborworks.org to learn more.

About Wells Fargo (Twitter @WellsFargo)

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

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