The Housing Opportunity Foundation is the charitable arm of the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association and is dedicated to funding, education, advocacy and leadership programs focused on fair and affordable housing and workforce housing initiatives. The foundation empowers Realtors® as leaders and advocates who affect a better quality of life in the region.
The foundation establishes revenue sources to support funding of community housing needs. More than $256,500 has been awarded to community organizations by the foundation since 2007. In 2015 the Foundation’s Habitat Support Program awarded $18,500 among eight regional Habitats. Its Community Grants Program awarded $30,000 to organizations that respond to unmet housing needs in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties.
The foundation’s Workforce Housing Certificate Program offers free workshops to educate Realtors® on working with first-time buyers and clients purchasing in the affordable price range.
Through a partnership with the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association Government Affairs group, the Foundation advocates for fair and affordable housing in the community. Together, with the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association’s Diversity Council, Advocacy Training Sessions for association leadership are held to fully explore advocacy and what it means for the association and its members.
The foundation works to position Realtors® as leaders in the community through its Realtors® Care Day® project. Its Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals, projects or groups that make outstanding contributions in the community.
For additional information on the foundation, contact Terri Marshall, executive director; 704-940-3148. Financial records are available upon written request or in person, to the attention of the executive director. Financial information and a copy of the foundation’s license is available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch; 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.
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Realtors® Care Day® is a Housing Opportunity Foundation initiative.