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.