Foundation awards grants totaling $22,500 to area Habitats for Humanity

The Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association Housing Opportunity Foundation has awarded nine local Habitat for Humanity organizations a total of $22,500 through its Habitat Support Program. The foundation is dedicated to making a difference in the regional community by creating housing opportunities, promoting homeownership, and positioning and educating Realtors® as leaders.

The Habitat Support Program provides monetary support to area Habitat for Humanity organizations in areas served by the Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. (CMLS).

Association/Carolina Multiple Listings Services, Inc. (CMLS) President Laurie Knudsen said,
“We recognize the role that Habitat for Humanity plays in meeting crucial housing needs at a very basic level for many in the area. We are happy that we are able to continue to assist these organizations, which are committed to building a better quality of life for low- to moderate-income families living in our communities.”

The foundation increased the number of grants awarded this year to benefit nine Habitat programs for a total of $22,500 to support the following initiatives:

• Habitat for Humanity of Cabarrus County ($2,500) to support the Cabarrus County Habitat’s operating budget for the 2011 calendar year, specifically in the area of Neighborhood Revitalization.
• Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte ($2,500) to help cover rehab and repair costs for one vacant foreclosed home purchased by Habitat Charlotte.
• Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County ($2,500) to be applied to an unsponsored renovation project on Parkdale Avenue in Gastonia, N.C. Funds will cover the cost of electrical wiring in this home, which was previously a millhouse.
• Habitat for Humanity of Iredell County ($2,500) to fund A Brush with Kindness, a program that offers home-improvement services to qualifying non-Habitat families
• Habitat for Humanity of Union County ($2,500) to purchase building materials (specifically windows, doors and roofing materials) for a family in Marshville, N.C.
• Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County ($2,500) to purchase tools for volunteers rehabbing homes as well as for the new program, A Brush with Kindness. The tools will allow more volunteers to help with the mission of decent, affordable housing for low- to moderate-income families.
• Habitat for Humanity of Matthews ($2,500) to purchase weatherization kits which will improve the energy efficiency of over 55 Habitat homes.
• Our Towns Habitat ($2,500) to cover the cost of exterior doors of three townhome units.
• Stanly County Habitat for Humanity ($2,500) to start a build in March for a single mother of two children. For the first time, the son will have a room within the home, as he currently sleeps in an enclosed back porch with very little heat.

The foundation awarded the grants at the close of 2010 for use during 2011. For more information about the association’s Housing Opportunity Foundation and its initiatives, visit and search keyword “foundation.”

The Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association is a trade association that provides its more than 7,600 Realtor® members with the resources and services they need to conduct ethical, professional, successful and profitable businesses. The association is dedicated to being the region’s primary resource for residential real estate information. The association operates the Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. (CMLS), which has approximately 7,100 Subscribers and is the private cooperative Realtors® use for access to tens of thousands of residential listings in a 10-county service area, including the high-growth Charlotte area and outside this service area.

The Housing Opportunity Foundation is the charitable arm of the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association and is dedicated to funding, education, advocacy and leadership programs that are focused on fair and affordable housing and workforce-housing initiatives. The foundation serves to position and educate Realtors® as leaders, promote homeownership and provide funding to create housing opportunities.