Saturday, March 6, 2010

2nd Annual Realtors Care Day-April 23

Hundreds of area Realtors® are gearing up to help deserving homeowners
across Mecklenburg and Iredell counties in the second Annual Realtors®
Care Day scheduled for Friday, April 23, 2010, during National Fair
Housing Month. The all-day, home-repair initiative is a project of the
Housing Opportunity Foundation, the charitable arm of the Charlotte
Regional Realtor® Association.

Armed with paint, toolboxes, building supplies and a spirit of
volunteerism, more than 650 Realtors® are expected to help 30-plus
homeowners across Mecklenburg and Iredell counties with necessary but
often unaffordable exterior home repairs and/or adaptive safety
modifications for the elderly and disabled.

Last year's event had a community wide impact of over $200,000 and the
Realtors® Care Day committee is poised to build upon this success.
Realtor® volunteers are lining up for service and local businesses are
signaling renewed sponsorship and in-kind donations. The foundation
is seeking additional community support - from financial sponsorships
to in-kind construction materials and supplies. Information about
specific needs and sponsorships ranging from $250 to $2,000 is
available at Realtors® or by contacting Terri Marshall at
704.940.3148 or

The committee welcomes back the commitment of seven nonprofit housing
partners that participated in 2009. These regional groups will
collaborate with committee leaders to identify eligible homeowners who
have critical home repair needs. The partners bring to the project
mission-driven expertise related to sustaining affordable housing in
their communities. Partners include:

• City of Charlotte's Neighborhood and Business Services Department
• Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte
• Habitat for Humanity of Iredell County
• Habitat for Humanity of Matthews
• Our Town Habitat for Humanity
• Love, Inc.
• Davidson Housing Coalition - HAMMERS Program
"The assistance from our partners is invaluable because the needs are
significant in number and scope," said Joe Rempson, Realtors® Care Day
Committee co-chair. "Our partners are at the forefront of affordable
housing issues and in the best position to help us identify and reach
out to homeowners with the most urgent needs."

Realtors® Care Day was initiated by the Housing Opportunity Foundation
in 2009 as an extension of its commitment to affordable, fair and safe
housing, and to provide an opportunity for Realtors® to give back to
the communities in which they live.

About the Housing Opportunity Foundation

The Housing Opportunity Foundation is the charitable arm of the
Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association. The foundation is dedicated
to funding, education, advocacy and leadership programs that are
focused on fair and affordable housing and workforce-housing
initiatives. The foundation serves to position and educate Realtors®
as leaders, promote homeownership and provide funding to create
housing opportunities

For more information on Realtors® Care Day 2010, visit the
association's Web site at