REALTORS® committed to helping those affected by Hurricane Matthew and other natural disasters
This morning, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed the Disaster Recovery Act of 2016 -- a more than $200 million funding package to provide needed assistance to North Carolinians affected by Hurricane Matthew and the western North Carolina wildfires. This law provides funds to support relief efforts for individuals, businesses, and infrastructure, which was damaged by these events and will bring needed aid to impacted communities, in large part possible due to advocacy and outreach efforts by various organizations across the state, such as NC REALTORS®.
NC REALTORS® and its members have been long committed to support disaster relief whenever such events occur in our state. REALTORS® recognize the pain experienced by those in disaster-affected areas, and many have experienced similar pain, as members of the community.
“Since the landfall of Hurricane Matthew, NC REALTORS® have been committed to providing needed relief to those who have been affected,” said NC REALTORS® CEO Andrea Bushnell. “We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from REALTORS® and community members from across our state, as well as the nation, and are working to continue to push that support into areas where it is needed.”
Through the National Association of REALTORS® Relief Foundation, individuals can apply and receive up to $1,000 for mortgage payments, rent payments or temporary housing assistance based on demonstrated need. Over the past few months, NC REALTORS® staff and volunteers with the NC REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Foundation, Homes4NC, have worked with hundreds of applicants across the affected areas. Currently, more than $169,980.43 worth of requests for temporary housing grants have been approved for 180 applicants with many more in process.
In addition to these funds, NC REALTORS® have committed hundreds of hours to local relief efforts. One member who has been the champion of North Carolina relief efforts from day one of Hurricane Matthew is Fayetteville REALTOR® of the Year, Wendy Harris. A constant presence on the ground throughout the Fayetteville and Lumberton area since the storm’s landfall, Harris has been an unrelenting champion for those affected. In recognition of her work, and in order to have the real estate industry voice heard in the relief efforts, Governor McCrory appointed Harris to the Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee whose recommendations led to many of the components included in Recovery Act.
“My fellow REALTORS® have made me proud in their rapid and enthusiastic response to the needs of affected residents,” said Harris. “From immediate delivery of ice and water to support in collecting supplies to meet ever-changing needs and walking door-to-door, collecting needed information to help individuals qualify for assistance grants, REALTOR® volunteers have been there. The needs are great, but REALTOR® hearts and determination are much bigger!”