Realtors find way to fund affordable housing through fine dining

From Oregon Association of Realtors Home Foundation,

Salem, Oregon- July 3, 2008 – The Oregon Association of REALTORS® HOME Foundation seeks applicants for its 2008 affordable housing grants. Following the success of its first charity gala, “A Taste of Portland,” at the Oregon Golf Club in June, the foundation will be able to provide more grants to organizations throughout the state dedicated to affordable housing.
“A Taste of Portland” brought the Oregon REALTORS® and the community together to
champion affordable housing and raise money for the HOME Foundation grant program.

Looking forward, “Taste” is planned to be an annual gala and the foundation’s biggest event.
The evening featured cuisine from two dozen restaurants and caterers, a silent auction of luxury
items including rare wine from Oregon vineyards and fine art, entertainment and a raffle for 10
Carnival cruises. It was made possible by contributions from major sponsors Umpqua Bank,
RMLS, Fast Signs and Parr Lumber, as well as booths sponsored by local businesses and
contributions from individuals and local REALTOR® boards and associations.

The HOME Foundation provides financial resources to create, expand and encourage
homeownership opportunities for Oregonians at or below local median income. The foundation
also promotes awareness of affordable housing issues by educating Oregonians and their elected
government representatives about the barriers to home ownership and the resources needed to
increase housing affordability. Grant applications are available on the HOME Foundation page
of the Oregon Association of REALTORS® website:
A list of the 2007 grant recipients follows:

Bend Habitat for Humanity, Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation, Corvallis Neighborhood
Housing Services (d.b.a. Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services), Habitat for Humanity of
the Mid-Willamette Valley, Lebanon Area Habitat for Humanity, Portland Community
Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc., Rogue Valley Community Development Corporation, Southern
Oregon Coast Housing Opportunities Provider, Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity,
Tillamook County Habitat for Humanity.


The Oregon Association of REALTORS® was established in 1932 to organize the real estate profession in Oregon.  Today, the Association is a force for education and a business and legislative advocate for free enterprise and private property rights in Oregon. WWW.OREGONREALTORS.ORG/PRESSROOM

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