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Housing fund awards grants

home buildersThe Charlotte Regional Realtor Association has awarded a total of $33,500 in grants to 10 local nonprofits and nine area Habitat for Humanity agencies. The funds will be used to assist organizations in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties as well as area Habitats in their attempts to meet community housing needs.

The grants come from the association’s charitable arm, the Housing Opportunity Foundation, and must be used by Dec. 31. Funds cannot be used for capital costs, staff or administrative expenses, or debt reduction.

The following local nonprofits received funds from the foundation:

  • Beds for Kids Inc.: $2,500 to purchase 30 Sealy twin mattresses for children in need.
  • Bradley-Reid Corp.: $1,650 to provide two months’ worth of rent, food and toiletries to one veteran.
  • Changed Choices: $2,000 to provide four scholarships for women in re-entry from jail or prison who need help covering housing costs.
  • Diakonos Inc. (Fifth Street Ministries): $2,500 to purchase plates, cups, utensils and small appliances to help prepare more than 85,000 meals for the homeless.
  • Love In The Name of Christ: $2,000 to buy building materials to construct handicap ramps.
  • Men’s Shelter of Charlotte: $2,000 to provide rental assistance to homeless men.
  • The Salvation Army Center of Hope: $2,000 to assist a pilot shelter-diversion program that seeks to reroute families from potential homelessness into housing.
  • The Harvest Center of Charlotte: $1,700 to complete work on a house for three men who will be part of a transitional housing program.
  • Time Out Youth Center: $2,000 to provide funds for the Host Home and Emergency Financial Assistance program. The program provides transitional housing and case management to ten lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning homeless youth.
  • YMCA Central Carolinas: $1,650 to provide aftercare for graduates of the Families Together program, a residential outreach to families with children who have experienced homelessness.

The following Habitat for Humanity organizations also were awarded grants:

  • Habitat for Humanity of Cabarrus County: $1,500 for construction costs of a house in the Logan community.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte: $2,500 to cover critical repair costs facing low-income homeowners.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County: $1,000 to help replace the siding for a renovated house on Parkdale Avenue in Gastonia.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Iredell County: $2,000 toward the building of a new home.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County: $1,000 to provide new windows on a foreclosed house donated to Habitat.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Matthews: $1,000 to purchase a bracket system that provides safety measures for home roofing projects.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Stanly County: $1,000 to purchase framing materials for a homebuilding project.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Union County: $1,000 to purchase windows and exterior doors for a house.
  • Our Towns Habitat for Humanity: $2,500 to provide repairs to low-income homeowners.

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