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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.
Supporting the American Dream
Despite their best efforts, far too many people in today’s workforce simply can’t afford the American Dream of homeownership. We understand that homes stabilize families, and we want to help make that achievable for more Oregonians.
Since 2004, the HOME Foundation has been collaborating with organizations intent on helping Oregonians achieve homownership. We have supported efforts to provide financial resources to create, expand and encourage homeownership opportunities. To date, we have distributed over $1,500,000in grants statewide!
The Oregon REALTORS® HOME Foundation has contributed to over 50 different charities throughout Oregon, keeping the funds in your local communities. Here are just a few of the past grant recipients:
ACCESS, African American Alliance for Homeownership, Columbia Cascade Housing Corp, Community Energy Project, First Story, Habitat for Humanity, Klamath & Lake Community Action Services, NeighborImpact, NeighborWorks, Neighborhood Economic Development, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Portland Housing Center, Proud Ground, and Rebuilding Together Portland.
How You Can Help
Your contributions provide essential funds to organizations dedicated to affordable housing in Oregon. HOME Foundation funds have been utilized to:
- Educate consumers about affordable housing issues
- Provide the tools needed to make homeownership more attainable
- Address both immediate and long-term needs through strong public/private partnerships
- Give more Oregonians the opportunity to make a lasting investment in local communities
Fundraising occurs year round with annual events such as the Driving It HOME Golf Tournament and the Taste of Oregon. Events held in local communities raise money that stays right in the local community.
Recipient TestimonialsRead More
Thanks to the generous support of the HOME Foundation we have been able to assist dozens of families to make the leap into home ownership. NeighborWorks is committed to developing and supporting first-time home buyers and current homeowners find success in home ownership.
"Homeownership would have been impossible without NeigborWorks Umpqua! Last year I became a widow with three kids and caring for an elderly parent. The only way to keep my home was to purchase it. I am definitely low income and I was worried that homeownership might be out of my reach. But, with the help of Olympia Church and other staff members I was able to get a USDA direct, rural development loan. Thank you so much! I could not have done this without your help!" Christina Engelson, Coos County
“NeighborWorks helped me achieve my life long goal of owning a home. They are giving me and my children a new start on life of stability and success. They helped me leap and see a goals I never thought possible. Thank you NeighborWorks Umpqua." Amy Miele, Douglas County
“NeighborWorks Umpqua has helped change my enre life! They made one of the biggest milestones in my life possible and helped with the purchase of a new home! The staff have been amazing and have made the enre journey enjoyable!!!" Charles Rambeau, Douglas County
“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 home buyer 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 Mac Habitat 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.
HOME Foundation EventsRead More
- Rogue Valley Food & Wine Classic - (TBD)
- Driving it HOME Golf Tournament - (July 16, 2020)
- Taste of Oregon - (TBD)
2018 Recipients of HOME Foundation GrantsRead More
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 NumbersRead More
- Charity founded in 2004
- Over $1,500,000 grants awarded to date
- Awarded $175,000+ in grants across the State in 2018
How Grants Are AwardedRead More
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 ParticipateRead More
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
Governing DocumentsRead More
Donations In MemoryRead More
Springfield Board of REALTORS® on behalf of Lois Shelley - 8/27/2017