Evelyn Salinas, who is a member of the H.E.L.P. Board of Directors, has been actively involved in H.E.L.P.’s efforts to expand its community classes in the South Bay to support seniors in more low income areas. HomeStreet Bank has been very supportive of these community outreach efforts. Britt Huff noted that the advantage of a smaller bank like HomeStreet is that senior citizens can usually find higher CD interest rates for those savings that they don’t want to risk in the stock market investment options. She thanked HomeStreet Bank for their community involvement and especially for their support of low-income older adults.
HomeStreet Bank was recently recognized for its outstanding community support this past year by the American Bankers Association (ABA). HomeStreet received the 2015 ABA “Community Commitment Award” for its Hometown Home Loan Program. The award was given to HomeStreet for its endeavors in the Affordable Housing category and was presented during ABA’s Annual Convention in Los Angeles last November. Since 1994, their Hometown Home Loan program has helped thousands of first-time and low/moderate-income employees of its part Frank Keating, ABA president and CEO.ner organizations to become homeowners. In presenting the award to HomeStreet, ABA president and CEO, Frank Keating, said, “The Hometown Home Loan Program demonstrates HomeStreet’s strong and passionate commitment to bettering the lives of its customers and local community. Their work embodies the mission of the Community Commitment Awards and they are a truly well-deserved recipient.”
“We have had a long-standing tradition of service to the communities in which we do business,” said HomeStreet CEO Mark Mason. “The Hometown Home Loan Program allows us to go beyond traditional community involvement efforts to partner with local businesses and public sector employers to provide their employees with comprehensive financial education and innovative services to help make home ownership more affordable.”