Calling all Realtors®: Community Grants applications now being accepted
By Terri Marshall
Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association
Housing Opportunity Foundation
We have just concluded the fourth-annual Realtors® Care Day where more than 500 Realtors® helped 23 homeowners in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. You should be proud of the impact of this project. Another way your foundation makes an impact in the community is through its Community Grants Program.
The Housing Opportunity Foundation continues its Community Grants Program for a fourth year. The program provides financial support to area nonprofit organizations that address unmet housing needs. A panel of Realtors® reviews the application and looks for where we can help organizations who complement and enhance the mission of the foundation through their efforts. By coordinating and building relationships with other organizations, we can better serve the needs of this region.
Past grant recipients include:
Builders of Hope provided tools for individuals going through the “Hope Works! Mentoring Program.” This program helps people maintain employment and housing, and helps them transition to a self-supportive environment and independent lifestyle.
Children’s Home of Iredell County provides educational training materials, college application funds, and transportation funds for employment and college visits to the young adults in the Children’s Homes’ Transitional Living Program. This program houses foster children ages 17-21 and helps them to become more independent and self-sufficient as they age out of the foster care system.
Charlotte Family Housing helps families living in shelters to be able to move into housing on their own where they receive supportive services to move beyond homelessness. One of the biggest barriers for families trying to move out of the shelter is the initial expense of a housing deposit.
Local housing organizations that are making a difference in the community through their housing initiatives must apply by June 1, 2012. All applications, which include brief narratives detailing how funds will be used with supporting documentation, must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation by an active local association Realtor® member. Grants are in increments of up to $2,500, pending availability of funds, and cannot be used for operational or capital expenses.
The foundation will distribute grants by the end of September 2012, and the awarded organizations must utilize the funds before Dec. 31, 2012. Through the program, the foundation awards an average of $10,000 annually to local agencies that share its mission.
The foundation is dedicated to making a difference in the community by providing funding to create housing opportunities, promoting homeownership, and positioning and educating Realtors® as leaders.
As a Realtor®, this is your opportunity to help connect your foundation with organizations that are helping our community. By building these relationships, we will be able to help bridge the gap from homelessness to homeownership.