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NAR Extends Operation Home Relief to Keep More Veterans in Their Homes

November 12, 2010

The National Association of REALTORS® is extending its widely successful Facebook Causes campaign, “Operation Home Relief.” The campaign was launched just last month to help military families obtain foreclosure assistance, and America responded with enthusiasm – within 20 days, NAR matched $20,000 in donations to the cause.

“NAR believes that any family who loses a home to foreclosure is one family too many,” said NAR President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “Foreclosures don’t just affect the families that lose their homes; a foreclosure lowers the value of every home in the surrounding neighborhood. That’s why we’re so pleased with America’s response to Operation Home Relief, and why we’re committing additional funds to support military families who need assistance.”

NAR launched Operation Home Relief through its consumer website HouseLogic.com, a free comprehensive website about homeownership for homeowners. Operation Home Relief aims to increase awareness, rally support and raise funding for USA Cares, a nonprofit that provides foreclosure assistance in the form of financial counseling and grants to post-9/11 active duty U.S. military service personnel, veterans and their families.

Initially, HouseLogic donated $1 to USA Cares every time someone “joined” the Cause page, and agreed to match donations made to the Cause up to $20,000. In honor of Veteran’s Day, November 11, HouseLogic is increasing its match grant to USA Cares by $11,000. HouseLogic also offers an online foreclosure guide to help home owners avoid the pitfalls of foreclosure, with tips and solutions to help more families stay in their homes.

For more information on sustaining homeownership, and many other housing topics, visit HouseLogic at http://www.houselogic.com.

HouseLogic is a free source of information and tools for home owners from the National Association of REALTORS® that helps home owners make smart decisions about all aspects of their home. HouseLogic helps home owners plan and organize their home projects and provides timely articles and news; home improvement advice and how-to’s; and information about taxes, home finances and insurance.

USA Cares is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that helps post-9/11 military and their families with basic needs, assists veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families and works to prevent private military home foreclosures and evictions. In seven years, USA Cares has received over 24,000 requests and responded with more than $7 million in grants. Military families anywhere in America can apply for assistance through the USA Cares web site, http://www.usacares.org, or by calling 800-773-0387. For more information on USA Cares, contact John Revell, jrevell@usacares.org, or call 270-352-5451.

Source: Washington, DC 11/2010

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