REALTORS® are ideally situated to improve housing opportunities where they live. They are the first stop for the prospective home buyer or renter. Accordingly, REALTORS® can reach out – through personal involvement in their own communities – to those who need greater access to quality, affordable home ownership and rental opportunities.
NAR's Housing Opportunity Program was created in 2002 with the vision of positioning, educating and assisting REALTORS® to create housing opportunities for all. The Housing Opportunity Program offers programs, grants, trainings, and resources that help REALTORS® and REALTOR® associations expand housing availability and insure an adequate supply of rental housing and home ownership opportunities in their communities.
- Attend NAR's National Workforce Housing Forum
- Attend an Employer-Assisted Housing or Expanding Housing Opportunities class.
- Become an EHO or EAH class instructor.
- Apply for Funding to Support a Housing Program
- Sponsor an Employer-Assisted Housing or an Expanding Housing Opportunities Class
- Become involved with Workforce Housing
- Join the Workforce Housing Online Community
May the (Work)force Be With You
The 2012 National Forum on Workforce Housing: Bring Workers Home will be held October 10-11, 2012 in Chicago. The meeting spans two days, with the first dedicated to the forum and the second featuring NAR's Employer-Assisted Housing Class.
Associations Putting Ideas Into Action
Find out how some Realtor® associations are putting NAR housing opportunity grants, classes, and resources to work in their communities by watching the video success story below.
- Charlotte Regional Realtors® Association (Charlotte, NC)
- Realtor® Association of Pioneer Valley (Springfield, MA)
- Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors® (Fredericksburg, VA)
The Ira Gribin Workforce Housing Grants Final Report
The Ira Gribin Workforce Housing Grants were designed to support Realtors®' efforts to address workforce housing issues state-by-state. When the program ended in December 2010, 52 state and territory associations had been awarded grants totaling $4.93 million. At the 2011 Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, NAR released the Ira Gribin Grants final report. The report, Tackling Workforce Housing State by State, not only provides an an analysis of the program and its results, but it's a great resource for associations interested in developing programs in their communities to meet the housing needs of working families.