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 Malolos, CRB, is a Commercial Realtor and CCIM Candidate. In 2014, she was mentored and then hired in 2015 by CCIM 2017 Global President, Robin Webb, at NAI Realvest. Her personal notable transactions include land sales for Walmart Neighborhood Market Store, St. Cloud Preparatory Academy, Carrousel Therapy Center, Cameron Preserve (a 200 unit multi-family site), Stevens Crossings Retail Village, Kid City USA, leases for Florida Congressman Darren Soto, Centerstate Automotive Inc. and a repurposed bank sale for St. Cloud Compounding Pharmacy. In her recent past, she was the Managing Broker of the top producing residential Remax office in her market area for four years. In her community of Osceola County, Florida, she is the Chair of the County Planning Commission, and a Trustee for the Osceola County Education Foundation Charter School Board. She is also the President and cofounder of the Community Land Trust of Osceola, Inc. As a REALTOR® of 13 years, she is a leader in her local, state and national REALTOR® Associations. She is also a Graduate and Alumnus of “Leadership Osceola”, and Graduate of both the Florida REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®' Leadership Academies. In 2010 she was Presidentof 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 the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and be an active voice for real estate in the community. She is an avid gardener, singer, a Mentor for the Take Stock in Children Program, a proud mother of 5, grandmother of 2 and faithful wife to her husband, Manny.

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