Community Outreach

State and local REALTOR® associations can choose from five different Community Outreach grants, technical assistance and numerous resources to match their affordable housing, fair housing, community planning and development, placemaking and rural-related advocacy and community engagement objectives.

Transforming Neighborhoods by Addressing Vacancy and BlightA

This program offers specialized training and technical assessments, and webinar series to help REALTORS®, elected officials, municipal staff, and housing and community advocates address the problems of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties.
Director, Community Outreach
Community Outreach
January 2021
Columbus REALTORS® has also been seeking solutions to how we can become a more open and inclusive Association. In an effort to create that safe space, its Diversity & Inclusion Committee launched a Book Club for members to have open, honest (and sometimes tough) conversations about race, racism, diversity, and inclusion.
September 2021
In the town of Marshall, Missouri (pop. 13,000,) about 20% of the residential properties were vacant, along with more than a dozen commercial properties, including a hospital and a grocery store. The Central Missouri Board of REALTORS® got to work with a REALTOR® Party-funded technical assessment, whose recommendations are driving real change focused on strategic code enforcement, data-driven problem solving, and property owner education.
July 2023
The City of Knoxville has long wanted to revitalize its downtown waterfront along the Tennessee River, to create an appealing sense of place and address the increasingly limited housing supply. To help get the project off the ground, the East Tennessee Association of REALTORS® turned to the REALTOR® Party’s Transforming Neighborhoods program, which awarded the city an in-depth study with actionable recommendations by a team of experts from the CRE Consulting Corps.
Through the REALTOR® Party’s new Transforming Neighborhoods Program, the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® welcomed a team of experts from the Counselors of Real Estate® Consulting Corps to study the potential of two severely dilapidated neighborhoods, with an eye toward housing and economic development.  The team’s in-depth report will provide a road map for bringing these neighborhoods back to life.
May 2023
Working with the Antiracist Curriculum Project, the local REALTOR® association created a 20-minute video to raise awareness of redlining and racist covenants in Rochester, New York, and how the effects of these discriminatory practices perpetuate inequity to this day. A Fair Housing Grant from the REALTOR® Party supported the production.
January 2015
In its day, the City of Kingston, NY – the only urban community in Ulster County -- was a major railway hub connecting multiple corridors.  Today, with the help of an NAR Smart Growth Action Grant, the nearly 600-member Ulster County Board of REALTORS® is transforming Kingston into a hub of rail-trails that connects the city's neighborhoods and business districts with each other and with the rural areas beyond.