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Two REALTOR Relief Programs to Aid Tornado Disaster Victims

Two REALTOR® Relief Programs are available to deliver financial assistance to those individuals affected by the November 17th tornadoes that swept through Illinois. Those within the Gifford community and surrounding areas who were affected by the tornadoes are encouraged to complete an online application to be considered for relief funds.

     The Illinois Association of REALTORS® Relief Program will provide assistance to qualified applicants towards documented housing, storm recovery, subsistence and other needs. Relief assistance for the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Program is limited up to $500 per application. Deadline for application submission is March 1, 2014.

     "We want individuals within our community to be aware of these two funds that exist to aid them in their relief efforts," said Stefanie Pratt, Secretary-Treasurer of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®, who also serves on the statewide committee that is approving Illinois' REALTORS® Relief Program applications. "This is an opportunity for individuals who are in need and seeking disaster relief to apply for assistance."

     Assistance will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

     "We are reviewing applications on a regular basis for the Illinois REALTORS® Relief Program." said Pratt. "There is only so much available funding and we would like to be able to provide assistance to those in need in the Gifford area. We just need individuals to complete an online relief assistance application form to be considered for relief assistance." Those individuals that meet the appropriate qualifications will be considered to receive funding through the Illinois REALTORS® Relief program.

     Individuals can download an application for the Illinois REALTORS® Relief at: http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/sites/illinoisrealtor.org/files/Forms/IAR%20RELIEF%20GRANT%20APPLICATION.pdf.

     The REALTORS® Relief Foundation administered by the National Association of REALTORS® provides relief assistance to individuals whose residence was damaged by the tornado. Assistance is available for qualified applicants toward monthly mortgage expense for the primary residence that was damaged by Illinois tornadoes or the cost of temporary shelter due to displacement from the primary residence resulting from the tornadoes. Relief assistance is limited to one month of assistance, up to $1,500 per applicant and one grant per residence. Deadline for application submission is March 1, 2014. This assistance is for housing relief only. In order to provide for reasonable and equitable distribution of funds, assistance through the REALTORS® Relief Foundation is provided on a first come, first served basis. To download an application to be considered for eligibility for the REALTORS® Relief Foundation go to: http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/sites/illinoisrealtor.org/files/Forms/RRF%20Application.pdf

     "We encourage those individuals in need to seek assistance from these two programs administered by the REALTORS® Association that are designed to provide direct aid to individuals within our state. We know there are direct housing costs and other subsistence costs that individuals have as they seek to rebuild and the REALTORS® relief efforts are helping to aid those in the recovery process ," said Phil Trautman, president of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®.

     In separate contributions, the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® also contributed $2,405 to the Gifford State Bank Tornado Relief Fund. REALTORS® also conducted a relief drive to aid individuals in need this past November.

     The combined resources of REALTORS® at the national, state and local levels have raised more than $200,000 toward disaster recovery. Contributions from individual REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations nationwide are funding these two relief programs that are targeting direct relief to individuals severely affected by the devastation of the November tornadoes.

     The Champaign County Association of REALTORS® is a voluntary trade organization serving the Champaign County and surrounding areas and is the leading resource for REALTOR® members and an advocate for homeownership and private property rights.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014/Categories: News Releases