Home for Community

Share our bold #HomeforCommunity plan!

For the past two weeks, we’ve shared our #HomeforCommunity policy priorities with you. In the first week, OAR’s CEO Jenny Pakula sent a video message thanking REALTORS® for staying home for our communities and supporting policies that ensure no Oregonian loses their home in this crisis. Last week, we shared a video showcasing what some of our 17,000 members across the state have done to help their communities, watch here.

The response to these messages have poured in and have been shared across social media with the #HomeforCommunity tag, demonstrating to others what REALTORS® already know: Communities are built one home at a time, and we can’t let the fabric of our communities be torn by a global pandemic. Now is not the time to support policies that pit homeowners, developers, affordable housing advocates and renters against each other. We need policies that recognize housing as a complete system to ensure we grow from this crisis.
Many of you have asked how you can support this effort. Aside from sharing our messages, one of the best ways is writing a Letter to the Editor in your local paper. We recognize our members are experts in their communities — and you are an important voice for sharing this bold vision with your community!
Wondering what to say? We’ve got you covered!

  1. Check your local paper’s web site for submission guidelines, which we’ve compiled here. Oregon Newspaper Contacts
  2. Speak from personal experience. You don’t need to be an expert in economic policy for your voice to matter!
  3. Start with an introduction — for example, share how many years you’ve worked in the community as a REALTOR® and a sentence or two about your community involvement.
  4. You can let your community know that you’re proud to be part of a state association that supports bold priorities to ensure no Oregonian loses their home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. Let your neighbors know that now is not the time for one-sided policies that pit homeowners, renters, affordable housing advocates and developers against each other.
  6. Share what these policies would mean for your community: A state that not only recovers but flourishes, diverse communities with thriving economies, and real progress toward a healthy housing system.
  7. Invite them to hear more by searching #HomeforCommunity on YouTube and watching the video.
We would love to see your letters — whether they get published or not! Send them to us at [email protected] with the subject line #HomeforCommunity. If your letter is published, be sure to share it on social media and use the #HomeforCommunity tag so we can reshare it! Please also visit our webpage to see updated information.
With your help, we can focus the discussion on truly meaningful housing policy that helps ensure a thriving future for all Oregonians!

We want to thank all REALTORS® across the state for staying Home for Community during the global pandemic. We know how hard you all have worked to drastically reshape your business in a time of turmoil.

You’ve heard a lot from us lately about the latest COVID-19 news and how it impacts REALTORS®. Now we want to take a moment to let you know what else we’ve been working on to support our members. Please watch this message where I lay out bold public policy objectives we are supporting to ensure no Oregonian loses their home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If this message resonates with you, I invite you to share it on social media with the #HomeforCommunity hashtag.

Thank you so much for everything you have done throughout this pandemic.

The response to the video has been incredible, with REALTORS® all over our state using the #HomeforCommunity tag to show support. This week, we’re putting the spotlight on you, our members, and the work you’re doing to help support your communities through this pandemic.

We know this is a small fraction of the inspiring work our 17,000 members are doing across the state. You can keep the momentum going by posting this video and Jenny’s message using #HomeforCommunity on social media.