HomeStreet Bank is a community bank, and we take that role very seriously. To be effective in our communities, we take a comprehensive approach to our focus of meeting housing and shelter needs through our complete Community Partnerships. That means providing financial and in-kind contributions, on-going employee leadership, and first-time homebuyer classes. It also means financing for housing projects, a variety of home loan products for qualified clients of all income levels, and the servicing of loans. That means being there when you need us.
HomeStreet Community Partnership Examples
Habitat for Humanity
HomeStreet Bank has supported Habitat for Humanity organizations from Mount Vernon to Salem, and from Seattle to Honolulu. Habitat brings communities together to build houses for people in need. In addition to financial contributions, HomeStreet employees provide leadership to various Habitat for Humanity organizations through membership on boards of directors and committees. Employee volunteer groups also arrange work parties to lend a hand in building homes. HomeStreet Bank has facilitated several Federal Home Loan Bank grants to Habitat for Humanity and manages home loans for families participating in this program.
Hawai’i Homeownership Center
HomeStreet Bank staff assisted in the founding of this organization, which provides education, information and support to create successful first-time homeowners in Hawaii. Today, HomeStreet continues to be a major partner with Hawai’i Homeownership Center through leadership from staff on fundraising committees, financial support, and participation in first-time homebuyer classes.
Portland Housing Center
The Portland Housing Center provides education and counseling services to low-income first-time homebuyers, homeowners, renters and landlords. For many years, HomeStreet employees have provided leadership to this organization through the board of directors and as committee members. Each year, HomeStreet Bank staff members teach a variety of classes to Portland Housing Center clients and makes home loans available to first-time homebuyers.
The YWCA of Seattle, King and Snohomish counties is one of the largest providers of emergency shelter and housing for homeless women and their children in the region, with nearly 700 housing units. In addition to board and committee membership, financial support and fundraising efforts, the HomeStreet partnership with the YWCA includes employees actively working in the YWCA service centers, holding collection drives for needed items, teaching classes, and “adopting” families during the holidays. HomeStreet is a major partner with YWCA housing projects, having facilitated Federal Home Loan Bank grants for Passage Point and Opportunity Place.