HOME Foundation

The Oregon REALTORS® HOME Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity that provides financial resources to create, expand, and encourage homeownership opportunities for Oregonians at or below local median income. 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 homeownership. We have supported efforts to provide financial resources to create, expand and encourage homeownership opportunities. To date, we have distributed more than $2,000,000 in grants statewide!

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, Dessert auction, HOME for the Holidays, and Stand Up for HOMES comedy competition. Events held in local communities raise money that stays right in the local community.

Here are just a few of the past grant recipients:

ACCESS • African American Alliance for Homeownership • Community Energy Project • First Story • Habitat for Humanity • NeighborImpact • NeighborWorks • Neighborhood Economic Development • Portland Housing Center • Proud Ground • Rebuilding Together Portland

2022 HOME Foundation BoardRead More

OREGON REALTORS® 2022 HOME Foundation Board

 

Cheryl Faria, Chair, Rogue Valley Association of REALTORS®

Sybil Fontaine, East Metro Association of REALTORS®

Heidi Hazel, Mid- Valley Association of REALTORS®

David Hemenway, Eugene Association of REALTORS®

Jody Smith, NMLSR ID 451878 - Affiliate Member, Wells Fargo

Angela Stuckart, Willamette Association of REALTORS®

Beth Caster, Yamhill County Association of REALTORS®

Judy Gysin, Mid- Valley Association of REALTORS®

Sarie Scott, Mid- Valley Association of REALTORS®

Rita Verdugo, Springfield Board of REALTORS®

Jillyan Rogers, Landmark Professional Mortgage 

 

2021 Recipients of HOME Foundations GrantsRead More

Local Association

Grant Recipient

Awarded

Central Oregon Association  First Story 

$3,000.00

Central Oregon Association

Kor Community Land Trust 

$3,000.00

Central Oregon Association

Habitat for Humanity- Bend/Redmond

$3,000.00

Central Oregon Association NeighborImpact

$4,000.00

Eugene REALTORS® Corvallis Neighborhood Housing Services Inc.; dba DevNW - Eugene

$2,000.00

Eugene REALTORS® Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane- Eugene

$2,000.00

Mid-Columbia Association Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation

$4,000.00

Mid Valley Association

Habitat for Humanity - Mid Valley $4,000.00

Portland Metro Association

Community Energy Project 

$3,000.00

Portland Metro Association

Hacienda Community Development Corporation

$3,000.00

Portland Metro Association

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives Inc. (PCRI)

$4,000.00

Portland Metro Association

Portland Housing Center

$3,000.00

Portland Metro Association Proud Ground

$3,000.00

Portland Metro Association

Rebuilding Together Portland 

$4,000.00

Portland Metro Association  Habitat for Humanity - West Tuality 

$4,000.00

 Springfield REALTORS®  Habitat for Humanity - Central Lane 

$2,000.00

 Tillamook County  Habitat for Humanity - Tillamook County

$4,000.00

Willamette Association

Corvallis Neighborhood Housing Services Inc.; dba DevNW - Willamette

$2,000.00

Willamette Association

Habitat for Humanity - Benton 

$4,000.00

Willamette Association

Habitat for Humanity - Lebanon 

$4,000.00

Yamhill Association 

Habitat for Humanity - McMinnville 

$4,000.00

Yamhill Association 

Habitat for Humanity - Newberg 

$4,000.00

  Total 

$69,000.00

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

 

 

2020 HOME Foundation and Wildfire ReliefRead More

In 2020, the HOME Foundation Board approved expanding grants to include Oregonians who were affected by wildfires. A safe and socially distanced version of the annual golf tournament, Driving it HOME, was held on October 1, raising more than $60,000 for the HOME Foundation and Wildfire relief. Golfers and sponsors alike enjoyed a fun day of connection at a much-needed, live event. Thanks to funds raised by local communities, generous donations from REALTOR® associations around the country, and the fundraising efforts of the Oregon Leadership Academy, the HOME Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund gifted nearly $400,000 in grants to fire victims around Oregon.

2019 Recipients of HOME Foundation GrantsRead More

Local Association

Grant Recipient

Awarded

Central Oregon Association

Habitat for Humanity- Bend-RDM

$5,000.00

Central Oregon Association

Habitat for Humanity- Sisters

$5,000.00

Central Oregon Association

NeighborImpact

$5,000.00

Central Oregon Coast Board

Habitat for Humanity- Florence

$5,000.00

Columbia County Board

Habitat for Humanity- Columbia County

$5,000.00

Coos County Board

NeighborWorks Umpqua UCHC

$5,000.00

Douglas County Association

NeighborWorks

$5,000.00

East Metro Association

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East

$2,500.00

Eugene Association

Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane- Cottage Grove

$1,000.00

Eugene Association

Habitat for Humanity of Central Lane- Eugene

$5,000.00

Eugene Association

St Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County Inc.- Lowell

$2,500.00

Eugene Association

St Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County Inc.- Veneta

$2,500.00

Lincoln County Board

Habitat for Humanity- Lincoln County

$5,000.00

Lincoln County Board

Proud Ground- Lincoln County

$5,000.00

Mid Valley Association

Corvallis Neighborhood Housing Services Inc.; dba DevNW - Mid Valley

$5,000.00

Mid Valley Association

Habitat for Humanity- Mid Willamette Valley

$5,000.00

Mid Valley/North Willamette Council

Habitat for Humanity- North Willamette Valley

$5,000.00

Mid-Columbia Association

Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation

$5,000.00

Portland Metro Association

African American Alliance for Homeownership

$5,000.00

Portland Metro Association

Community Energy Project

$5,000.00

Portland Metro Association

Habitat for Humanity, West Tuality

$5,000.00

Portland Metro Association

Hacienda Community Development Corporation

$5,000.00

Portland Metro Association

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives Inc.

$5,000.00

Portland Metro Association

Portland Housing Center

$5,000.00

Portland Metro Association

Proud Ground - Portland

$5,000.00

Portland Metro Association

Rebuilding Together Portland

$5,000.00

Portland Metro Association

Remodeling for Independence Together, ReFIT

$5,000.00

Rogue Valley Association

Access

$5,000.00

Rogue Valley Association

Habitat for Humanity, Rogue Valley

$38,000.00

Springfield Board

Habitat for Humanity- Central Lane

$5,000.00

Tillamook County Board

Habitat for Humanity, Tillamook County

$5,000.00

Willamette Association

Corvallis Neighborhood Housing Services Inc.; dba DevNW- Willamette

$5,000.00

Yamhill County Association

Habitat for Humanity- McMinnville Area

$5,000.00

 

Total

$186,500.00

Recipient TestimonialsRead More

 "Thanks to the Oregon Association of Realtors® and the Yamhill County Association of Realtors® for their support of our 2020 Women Build! Every day, realtors see the great need for affordable home ownership opportunities in our community. This $5000 award from the HOME Foundation will help us build a home for a single mom and her two children!"

- McMinnville Area Habitat for Humanity

 

 

 

 

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 en????re 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 en????re journey enjoyable!!!" Charles Rambeau, Douglas County

Meet the Edwards Family

“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 by the NumbersRead More

  • Charity founded in 2004
  • Over $2,000,000 grants awarded to date
  • Awarded $150,00+ in grants across the state in 2019
  • Awarded nearly $400,000 in grants to fire victims around Oregon in 2020
  • Raised more than $153,000 over the course of four major events in 2021

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 Oregon REALTORS® 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.
  • Establish an interest-bearing escrow account with automatic contributions from deposited earnest money.
  • Select the Oregon REALTORS® HOME Foundation as your charity of choice on AmazonSmile
  • 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

Forms for Title Companies and Brokerages

Forms for Financial Institutions

Amazon SmileRead More

Support the HOME Foundation on Amazon. Select the HOME Foundation as your charity on AmazonSmile and donate 0.5% of your purchases, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1641552

Select as your charity and then start shopping! The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the HOME Foundation.

Donations In MemoryRead More

Springfield REALTORS® on behalf of Lois Shelley - 8/27/2017