About the HOME Foundation
The Oregon Association of REALTORS® HOME Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity that provides financial resources to create, expand, and encourage home ownership opportunities for Oregonians at or below local median income. It also promotes awareness of affordable housing issues by educating Oregonians and their representatives about the barriers to home ownership and the resources needed to increase housing affordability.
This Oregon REALTORS® charity gives members a way to give back to their communities. Because despite their best efforts, far too many people in today's workforce simply can't afford the American Dream. We understand that homes stabilize families and we want that to be achievable for more Oregonians.
Your contribution to the HOME Foundation will help provide much needed funds to organizations dedicated to the development, maintenance, or repair of affordable housing. It will help educate consumers and real estate professionals and provide the tools they need to make homeownership more attainable. It will address both immediate and long-term needs through strong public/private partnerships. And most importantly, it will give more Oregonians the opportunity to make a lasting investment in local communities.
Fundraising occurs year round with flagship events such as the Driving it HOME Golf Tournament in July and the Taste of Portland in September. And events held in local communities, such as the Rogue Valley Association of REALTORS® Food & Wine Classic in March, raise money that all stays right in their local area.
HOME Foundation Events+
2018 Recipients of HOME Foundation Grants+
|African American Alliance for Homeownership|
|Bend Area Habitat for Humanity|
|Columbia Cascade Housing Corp|
|Columbia County Habitat for Humanity|
|Community Energy Project|
|Coo's County Habitat for Humanity|
|Corvallis Neighborhood Housing Services|
|Habitat for Humanity / Rogue Valley|
|Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane- Cottage Grove|
|Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane- Eugene|
|Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane- Springfield|
|Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley|
|Habitat for Humanity Portland/ Metro East|
|Klamath & Lake Community Action Services|
|Lincoln Community Trust (Fiscal Sponsor - Proud Ground)|
|McMinnville Area Habitat for Humanity|
|NEDCO (Neighborhood Economic Development Corp) - Eugene|
|NEDCO (Neighborhood Economic Development Corp) - Mid-Valley|
|NeighborWorks Umpqua Coastal Housing Center|
|Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity|
|NWV Habitat for Humanity|
|Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives|
|Portland Housing Center|
|Rebuilding Together Portland|
|Sisters Habitat for Humanity|
|St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County|
|Tillamook County Habitat for Humanity|
|West Tuality Habitat for Humanity|
Home Foundation by the Numbers+
- Charity founded in 2004
- Over $1,500,000 grants awarded to date
- Awarded $196,000+ in grants across the State in 2018
How Grants Are Awarded+
Grant applications are accepted through local REALTOR® association offices in October/November of each year. Grant amounts are determined by the HOME Foundation Board in December and checks are made available back to the local associations to distribute to the selected organizations.
How to Participate+
We believe that we can make a difference and help solve the affordable housing crisis, but we can't do it alone. We encourage you to join in our efforts by contributing to the OAR HOME Foundation in any of the following convenient ways:
- Send a one-time tax deductible contribution to build our fund.
- Commit to donating a smaller amount following each closed sale.
- Make an annual pledge of your continued support.
- Establish an interest-bearing escrow account with automatic contributions from deposited earnest money.
When you give to the HOME Foundation, your tax deductible donation is well-utilized as over 90% of the money raised goes directly to grant recipients each year.
Forms for Real Estate Brokers
- Enrollment Form for Participating Real Estate Brokers
- Bank Account Set-up Procedure for OAR HOME Foundation
Forms for Title Companies and Brokerages
- Enrollment Form for Participating Title Companies
- Instructions to Brokerage Firm Regarding Transfer of Interest from Title Company
- Letter of Instruction to Brokerage Firm
- Letter to Earnest Money Holder
- Monthly/Quarterly Contribution Summary
Forms for Financial Institutions
Donations In Memory+
Springfield Board of REALTORS® on behalf of Lois Shelley - 8/27/2017
“When I had to start my life over again ten years ago I thought I would never own a home again. Look at me now! With the help of this grant, I have a huge sense of accomplishment along with a more secure future for my daughter. THANK YOU!!!”
“Getting the RVAR Grant has meant so much to us. We can now start a family in our home and have a place to grow old. Thank you for this life changing experience."
“We are so thankful for this first-time homebuyer grant, our realtor, Access and Mortgage broker for making this a seamless process and a dream come true for us.”
Here are some photos of the Sisters Habitat for Humanity home that was the recipient of the Oregon Association of Realtors 2017 Home Foundation grant. The home is still under construction and will be completed in November.
“Here are pictures showing how we are using the generous grant you awarded to MacHabitat in December. We have used the funds from you and YCAR for our 2018 Women Build project, where local women (and some men) are coming together to build and raise funds for a home for a single mom and her two children.” Mary P. Stern, Executive Director, McMinnville Area Habitat for Humanity.