Housing the Homeless Part 2

Nef Cortez

By Nef Cortez

Last week I wrote Part 1 of Housing the Homeless. Questions were posed as related to Organized Real Estate’s efforts to participate in the fight to end homelessness. As evident in cities across the country, it is a big problem that has had very negative effects on the quality of life for citizens across most communities.  This huge problem has seen  a small reduction in its size and numbers over the last decade.

There are many Realtors who individually have been involved with the effort to end homelessness. One of the most widely supported organizations has been Habitat for Humanity. Members of Tri-Counties Association of Realtors have helped to build homes through their involvement with Habitat for Humanity by donating time, talent, and money to the effort.

The primary effort that I found to be the most commonly participated in by members of Realtor associations was the assistance given to First Time Homebuyers through special programs. Many of these programs provide grants of money to assist the buyers in completing their required down payments, or are given in the form of special loans that may be non-interest bearing or have the interest forgiven if the buyer lives in  the home for a given minimum period of years.

There are many other non-profits in communities across the state where Realtors have been very involved. Beside Habitat for Humanity, many Realtors are involved through churches and faith-based organizations to assist in providing food and shelter for the homeless. Many Realtors have found it very rewarding to “Give Back” to their communities by joining the fight to end homelessness.

(In last week’s article, a typo  was made as to the percentage of the increase in sales tax passed by voters of Los Angeles County. Measure H increased the sales tax by ¼ of one cent, not the ½ cent I reported)