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LIFT Programs Create Homeownership Opportunities and Stabilize Neighborhoods

An initiative from NeighborWorks America and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation

Since early 2012, NeighborWorks America has collaborated with the Wells Fargo Foundation and local nonprofit organizations on LIFT™ programs in more than 25 cities. Through NeighborhoodLIFT™ and CityLIFT™ , Wells Fargo has committed $200 million to support sustainable housing in cities affected by the economic downturn. The LIFT™ programs offer:

  • Down payment assistance for qualified buyers
  • Financial education to help buyers prepare for homeownership
  • Events to showcase area homes for sale

How It Works

The Wells Fargo Foundation provides grants for downpayment assistance through NeighborWorks America to local NeighborWorks organizations and/or nonprofits. At the two-day launch event in each city, potential homebuyers can find out if they qualify for the down payment assistance program. Also at the event, the local nonprofits enroll homebuyers in required pre-purchase education and homebuyers have the opportunity to tour available neighborhood properties.

Currently, the LIFT™ programs are in the following cities, supported by help from our local partners:

City Local Partners Type of Program
Atlanta NeighborWorks Columbus
Invest Atlanta
Resources for Residents in Communities (RRC)
*More information on Atlanta NeighborhoodLIFT


Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore

Charlotte Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership NeighborhoodLIFT

Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago

Cleveland Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland CityLIFT
Dallas BCL of Texas NeighborhoodLIFT
Denver Community Resources and Housing Development Corporation (CRHDC) NeighborhoodLIFT
Houston Avenue CDC
Fifth Ward CRC
Tejano Center for Community Concerns
Inland Empire/San Bernadino Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire CityLIFT
Jacksonville Family Foundations
Wealth Watchers, Inc.
Housing Partnership, Inc.
Kansas City Neighborhood Housing Services of Kansas City NeighborhoodLIFT
Las Vegas Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada NeighborhoodLIFT
Los Angeles Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services
Miami Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida NeighborhoodLIFT
Milwaukee Select Milwaukee NeighborhoodLIFT
Minneapolis &
St. Paul
Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis
Community Neighborhood Housing Services
New Orleans Hope Enterprise Corporation NeighborhoodLIFT
New York/New Jersey

Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City
La Casa de Don Pedro

Oakland The Unity Council CityLIFT
Orlando In Charge Debt Solutions
HANDS of Central Florida
Housing Partnership, Inc.

New Kensington CDC
Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks

Phoenix Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix


Portland Housing Center NeighborhoodLIFT

NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center Sacramento Region

Tampa Tampa Bay CDC
CDC of Tampa
Housing Partnership, Inc.
Washington, D.C./
Prince Georges County
Manna, Inc. CityLIFT

Check out our Flickr photo albums, Storify tweets or the Wells Fargo YouTube video to learn more.

LIFT programs are a collaborative effort between Wells Fargo, the Wells Fargo Foundation, local nonprofits and NeighborWorks America.

For more information about LIFT, please contact projectLIFT [at] or (202) 220-7072.
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