The ALTA Good Deeds Foundation awarded a grant to a non-profit within SLTA’s geographic footprint.

Urban Ministry, Inc. in Birmingham received $5,000 to support its WE BUILD housing program.

The announcement was made at the October ALTA ONE conference in Colorado Springs, CO. Urban Ministry was one of 21 non-profits around the country awarded grants. Grants are designated for organizations that are focused on housing issues and benefit communities at the local level. Total grants for 2023 amounted to $276,000.

Urban Ministry’s WE BUILD program provides an affordable and sustainable path to home ownership in the West End Community of Birmingham. WE BUILD hires apprentices who learn from licensed contractors to rehabilitate houses in the area. When houses are finished, apprentices who complete the apprenticeship program can lease to own the home interest-free. Proceeds are used to purchase and renovate the next home, making the program self-sustainable.

“By providing grants to small community non-profits, the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation can make an enormous impact,” said Mary O’Donnell, the foundation’s board chair and CEO of Westcor Land Title Insurance Company. “I am excited to see how this round of grants helps local neighborhoods across the country grow and flourish.”

Title insurance professionals apply for grants on behalf of 501 (c) 3 organizations they support financially or through volunteer efforts. David Higginbotham of Westcor Land Title Insurance Company sponsored Urban Ministry’s application.

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