Realtors® continue to address needs through annual Community Grants Program

Charlotte, N.C. – The Housing Opportunity Foundation awarded eight area nonprofit agencies a total of $15,000 through the annual Realtor®-directed Community Grants Program. The foundation serves as the charitable arm of the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association, and is dedicated to making a difference in the community by creating housing opportunities, promoting homeownership, and positioning and educating Realtors® as leaders.

The Community Grants Program supports area organizations that address unmet housing needs in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. Since the program’s inception, $60,000 has been designated to 29 organizations.

“One important aspect of this grant program is that our Realtor® members serve as referrals for organizations they are supporting through their personal involvement,” said Association/Carolina Multiple Listings Services, Inc. (CarolinaMLS) President Eric Locher. “As a result of their commitment, we are able to assist agencies that share the vision of creating a better quality of life across the region.”

The following organizations were approved by the foundation’s board of directors to receive Community Grants for the 2013 fiscal year:

1. A Child’s Place: Awarded $2,250 to provide financial assistance for rent, lease deposits and utility bills to homeless families involved in their programs. Realtor® reference provided by Renata Henderson.

From left, Eric Locher, President, Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association / Carolina Multiple Listing Service, Renata Henderson, Realtor®, referral for A Child’s Place, Randy Boone, Director of Development, A Child’s Place, and Anne Marie Howard, CEO, Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association / Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

From left, Eric Locher, President, Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association / Carolina Multiple Listing Service, Renata Henderson, Realtor®, referral for A Child’s Place, Randy Boone, Director of Development, A Child’s Place, and Anne Marie Howard, CEO, Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association / Carolina Multiple Listing Service.

2. Barium Springs: Awarded $2,500 to provide life-training skills for youth aging out of the foster care system who continue to need transitional support. Realtor® references provided by Alison Royal-Combs and Tony Smith.

3. Changed Choices: Awarded $2,250 to provide rent and utility costs for clients who are in a recovery program for offenders. Realtor® references provided by Jonathan Roberts and Randy Watson.

4. Horizon Development Properties: Awarded $1,000 to purchase computers for a self-sufficiency program for homeless women and children. Realtor® reference provided by William Scurry.

5. Love in the Name of Christ: Awarded $2,500 to purchase materials to construct handicap ramps for people who are poor, elderly and/or disabled. Realtor® reference provided by Vivian Munson.

6. Time Out Youth: Awarded $2,000 to provide assistance for emergency transitional housing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning homeless youth. Realtor® reference provided by David Deal.

7. Urban Ministry Center: Awarded $1,000 to purchase cleaning supplies and provide a laundry subsidy for the Housing Works Program’s chronically homeless and disabled residents. Realtor® reference provided by Christy Howie.

8. YWCA: Awarded $1,500 to provide matching funds toward security and utility deposits for Families Together Program graduates. Realtor® reference provided by Keren Boyan.

“The need is great across Mecklenburg and Iredell counties, and the Foundation was pleased to increase the number of agencies receiving grants,” said Terri Marshall, executive director of the foundation. “With this funding, grant recipients receive support for essential housing initiatives.”

Community Grants Program funds are restricted and must be used by the agencies by Dec. 31, 2013. Funds cannot be used for capital costs, staff or administrative expenses, or debt reduction.

For more information about the Housing Opportunity Foundation, the association or CarolinaMLS, visit www.CarolinaHome.com.

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