OAR is working to secure grant funding from NAR’s REALTORS® Relief Foundation for Oregon Residents
September 10, 2020 – The Oregon Association of REALTORS® is working to secure grant funding from the National Association of REALTORS® for Oregon residents affected by what could be the deadliest and most damaging wildfires in our state’s history.
“Our hearts go out to every family affected by the fires. The REALTORS® Relief Foundation was created to help families who have endured tragic losses from major disasters. We are working quickly to secure help for families in need,” said Jenny Pakula, Esq., CEO of the Oregon Association of REALTORS®.
On Wednesday, Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency due to the fires, which have burned nearly 400,000 acres, according to the state Office of Emergency Management. As of Thursday morning, Marion, Linn, Clackamas, Lincoln, Lane, Washington, Jackson and Douglas counties had active fires and evacuation orders in place impacting hundreds of thousands of people. Most fires are at zero containment.
“The Oregon Association of REALTORS® has been working with partners across the state throughout the COVID-19 pandemic on our #HomeforCommunity campaign to elevate policies that will ensure no one loses their home due to economic distress. The wildfires are one more tragedy that threatens the most basic need: a roof over our heads. We are working quickly to secure funding to help families get back on their feet,” said Lori Palermo, 2020 OAR President.
The state association is working to get funding as soon as possible and will distribute the funds with assistance from local boards and our members throughout the state.