Panhandle residents with housing issues caused by the Jan. 9 severe weather are urged to apply for the RRF grant money to help their recovery efforts.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The National Association of Realtors®’ (NAR) Realtors Relief Foundation announced a $100,000 grant to Florida Realtors® to help Panhandle residents with housing issues resulting from disastrous storm and rain conditions in early January.

“The Jan. 9, 2024, severe storms and rainfall damaged so many homes and businesses in the Panhandle, leaving many people struggling with recovery,” says 2024 Florida Realtors® Gia Arvin, broker-owner with Matchmaker Realty in Gainesville. “The crucial first step is often dealing with housing needs. Thanks to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) Realtors Relief Foundation and their generous donation to help victims of Hurricane Ian, people can find the housing assistance they need to rebuild their homes and their lives.”

As a result, Florida Realtors® now has available two charitable relief programs that can help: Its Disaster Relief Fund that focuses on housing challenges within the Realtor family, and these grants through NAR’s Realtors Relief Foundation funding that offers money to any Panhandle resident impacted the severe weather events on Jan. 9, 2024, and facing housing challenges as a result.

Qualifications for the Realtors Relief Foundation assistance include:

  • Individual grants may be approved up to a limit of $2,500 per household.
  • Recipient must be a full-time Florida resident and U.S. citizen, or legally admitted for residence in the U.S.
  • Applications close on Aug. 15, 2024.

Assistance is available to qualified applicants as one of the following options:

  • Monthly mortgage expense for the primary residence that was damaged during the severe weather events of Jan. 9, 2024.
  • Rental cost due to displacement from the primary residence resulting from the severe weather events of Jan. 9, 2024. Relief assistance is limited to a maximum of $2,500 per household. 

All grants are contingent upon the availability of funds. As a result, aid will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more info, go to Florida Realtors’ Disaster Relief Fund webpage to learn more and to find the DRF and RRF applications for assistance.

© 2024 Florida Realtors®

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