The Laguna Board of REALTORS® has been awarded a $14,380 grant from the National Association of REALTORS®’ Housing Opportunity Program to support activities that create and expand affordable housing opportunities.
In conjunction with Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc. and the City of Laguna Beach Senior Housing Task Force, the Laguna Board of REALTORS® will plan, promote, and present activities to introduce “Lifelong Laguna” to the community.
This new city-wide program includes programs and services to help aging residents remain in their homes.
Laguna Beach is a small town with many residents who have lived here for decades, and hope to stay here forever. They have seen the town evolve into one of the most desirable and expensive real estate markets in the nation. Affordable housing for seniors — the city’s fastest-growing demographic — is extremely limited: There is no nursing home care, no board-and-care, no rental assistance for low-income seniors, and no assisted living.
L-R Kristine Thalman, Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc. Board Member, John Fay, MSG Lifelong Program Specialist, Lauriann Meyer LBOR Executive VP, Charles Brickell, LBOR President
With this NAR Grant, the Laguna Board of REALTORS® and The Laguna Beach Seniors, Inc. (The Susi Q Senior Center) hope to make a difference in the lives of our Senior population.
“REALTORS® are the heart of their communities, assisting where they can, to support programs like Lifelong Laguna. This grant is the impetus to bring like-minded efforts together in Laguna Beach as the solutions directly pertain to housing, community building, and helping seniors remain in their homes as long as possible,” said Charles Brickell, President, The Laguna Board of REALTORS®.
Through the Housing Opportunity Grants, NAR helps many hard working American families across the country, afford their first home, or in their senior years, age in their homes.
NAR’s Housing Opportunity Grants were established in 2006. Individual grants are awarded ten times per year. Since the program’s inception, over 400 grants totaling more than $1.5 million have been awarded.
The grants support a wide range of housing opportunity activities, including housing symposia; home buyer education or housing fairs; counseling and financial literacy efforts; down payment or closing cost financial assistance programs; housing needs studies; and REALTOR® affordable housing education.