Housing Opportunity Committee Recommends Adoption of a “Homelessness” Policy to NAR

This week the Housing Opportunity Committee unanimously voted to recommend that NAR adopt a “homelessness” policy. We heard NAR Vice-President Sherri Meadows speak about her efforts in Florida to raise the level of awareness on the homelessness issue. This is not only crucial to our economy, it is at the heart of the REALTOR®. REALTORS® build communities and we recognize the need to take part in the efforts to eradicate homelessness in a big way.

We also heard about the positive impact of NAR Housing Opportunity Grants from four associations that have used these grants to partner with their communities and their local governments for various efforts related to the promotion of affordable housing.

I had the distinct pleasure of presenting the “Sold Out” Community Land Trust Workshop in Osceola County, Florida, that was made possible by a HOP (Housing Opportunity Program) Level 2 grant through the Osceola County Association of REALTORS® (OSCAR). This workshop brought together a good cross section of our community and educated community stakeholders on the value of a Community Land Trust for the benefit of our low to moderate income families including the homeless families living in hotels and motels. I personally encourage REALTORS® to work with their local or state associations in using these NAR HOP grants to make a difference in their communities.

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Veronica Malolos

Veronica has been a real estate residential investor since 2000 and has been active in the Central Florida residential market as a real estate Broker since 2004. She began her real estate career as a brokerage owner and in 2011 became Managing Broker for the top producing RE/MAX residential office in Osceola County. In 2013, she became the lead agent for the City of Saint Cloud’s disposition of 17 commercial parcels totaling $13.5 Million in inventory. In January 2015, she moved to NAI Realvest to practice commercial real estate full time. Her main focus is the Osceola County and South Orlando markets. Veronica is currently in NAI Realvest’s Hotel Sales Team. Veronica is an established leader in her community. She is currently an Osceola County Planning Board Commissioner and Vice-Chair of the Osceola County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee that governs the SHIP and CDBG Programs to name a few. She is a Trustee for the Osceola Education Foundation Charter School Board. She is also a Graduate and Alumnus of “Leadership Osceola”. In 2010 she was President of the Osceola County Association of REALTORS® and in 2014 was District 12 Vice President for the State Association, Florida REALTORS®. She believes that real estate practitioners should subscribe to a Code of Ethics and be an active voice for real estate in the community. She and her husband, Manny, have five children and two grandsons and enjoy their large family gatherings weekly.

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