FOR RELEASE: January 13, 2014

For Further Information Contact: Jon Broadbooks, 217-529-2600


REALTORS® providing housing aid for November tornado victims

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois REALTORS® and their national colleagues are poised to provide housing assistance to those in areas affected by the November tornadoes.

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® in partnership with the REALTORS® Relief Foundation is taking applications through March 1 from those who sustained housing losses. Illinois REALTORS® and their colleagues from throughout the U.S. have raised nearly $200,000 to help tornado-stricken communities.

“There are more than 41,000 Illinois REALTORS® who care deeply about communities, no matter where they are,” said Phil Chiles, president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. “Whenever there is a disaster, our members are among the first to donate money and supplies.”

Assistance can be for up to one month of expenses, with a limit of $1,500 per applicant. There is a limit of one grant per residence. The money can go toward:

  • A monthly mortgage expense for the primary residence damaged in the tornadoes.
  • The cost of temporary shelter due to displacement from the storms.

The application deadline is March 1, 2014, and the form to apply can be found at (Or through this link.) Applicants do not have to be REALTORS® to receive aid.

The REALTORS® Relief Foundation was established by the National Association of REALTORS® to provide disaster assistance. The fund allows REALTORS® nationwide to play a role in helping communities recover.

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® represents 41,000 members engaged in all aspects of the real estate business. The trade association has a long history of providing help to disaster victims in Illinois.


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