Homeownership Matters…and Opportunity is Essential

While protecting property rights is at the heart of what we do, we have big hearts in other ways that matter too.

The Housing Opportunity Committee monitors, oversees, and measures results of NAR’s housing opportunity programs and initiatives. Moreover, through Housing Opportunity Grants, we encourage and help support REALTOR® participation and collaboration through state and local initiatives. As a part of the meeting, our chair invited a number of grant recipients to share their success stories.

Switching gears, most compelling and touching was a report from an official from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. She discussed the many facets of homelessness, and outlined who are some of our most vulnerable in our communities – notably, communities of color, Native Americans, and LGBT youth (nearly 40% of homeless youth self-identify as a member of the LGBT community, kicked out or made unwelcome by non-accepting families). Human trafficking is also a major concern among homelessness advocates.

Next year is the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act – the single most important step in the goal for housing equality. You’ll be hearing more about this! Stay tuned.


Steve Strode

Steve is a Principal Broker based in Portland and Bend, Oregon. He is President-Elect at the Oregon Association of REALTORS®, and has served in leadership within NAR Global. When he is not selling real estate, or leading and coaching his agents, you'll probably find him on a muddy or dusty running trail.

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