Business & Real Estate

California realtors set to award $1M in housing assistance to fire victims

With help from a $1 million donation from the Realtors Relief Foundation, the California Association of Realtors is awarding housing assistance grants to homeowners and renters affected by the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires. Grants are distributed through the association’s Housing Affordability Fund and Disaster Relief Fund.

The association is offering disaster relief grants of up to $2,000 per household to provide assistance with mortgage relief or temporary housing, such as payment on a mortgage on a primary residence that burned in one of the fires, lease or rent payments on replacement housing or payments to a temporary shelter if residents were evacuated from their primary residence due to the fires.

“With so many homes and businesses lost and a housing crisis that existed long before the fires, realtors recognize the importance of reaching out and helping their communities to recover and rebuild,” said Bill Moody, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors. “As residents begin the long process of starting over, the realtor community is glad to be able to provide some immediate support in their time of need.”

Any U.S. or legal permanent resident who has lost or was evacuated from their primary residence due to the recent wildfires may apply. Additional grant criteria:

• Relief assistance is limited to a maximum of $2,000 per applicant household. The deadline for application submission is June 30, contingent on the availability of funds.

• Assistance is for housing relief only. Other expenses, including mortgages on property other than primary residence, vehicle purchase, rental, repair and or mileage, are ineligible for reimbursement under this program.

Documentation requirements include:

• Proof of residency. This can be a copy of a driver’s license or other government-issued identification showing the affected address. Other documentation that meets this requirement may be accepted as well.

• Proof of lease/ownership. This can be a copy of a mortgage statement or mortgage payment coupon (these can often be downloaded from a lender’s website) or a copy of a lease, rent statement or invoice.

• Proof of damage/loss. At least one of these items is required to show proof of damage to a primary residence: photo(s) of damages; insurance estimate; copies of written insurance claims, claim status reports or settlement proceeds; or copies of repair estimates from contractors.

Only one application per household is allowed. Grants are available only for the applicant’s primary residence. Recipients of financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other charitable groups are eligible to apply.

For an application and more information, visit car.org/difference/realtorscare.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit silvar.org.

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