Realtors® Providing Financial Assistance for Iowa Flood Victims
The Northwest Iowa Regional Board of Realtors® and Iowa Association of Realtors® (IAR) are offering mortgage and rental payment assistance grants to Iowa residents impacted by recent flooding, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the nationwide Realtor® Relief Foundation. With $25,000 in matching funds from Iowa Realtors®, $275,000 is now available to provide assistance to Iowans in need.
Individual households impacted by recent flooding can visit this link to learn more about the program and obtain an application for assistance. Grants up to $1000 are available for mortgage payment assistance, or payment of rental costs incurred by displacement from a residence due to flooding.
“Northwest Iowa was especially hard-hit during the mid-March weather event,” said Mark Vos, President of the Northwest Iowa Regional Board of Realtors®, and agent with United Real Estate Solutions in Sioux City. “We are delighted to be able to offer this assistance to our friends and neighbors, who we know are still suffering from so much devastation and heart break.”
“With 59 of Iowa’s 99 counties declared disaster areas by Governor Reynolds, we know our neighbors have sustained heavy losses. Iowans are known for helping each other, and the Iowa Association of Realtors® is committed to assisting with recovery from this disaster,” stated John Goede, President of the Iowa Association of Realtors®, and agent with Century 21 ProLink in Spencer, Iowa.
“We appreciate the support from the National Association of Realtors®, and we look forward to helping as many Iowans as we can. We know that Realtors® across Iowa are already helping their communities on a personal level, and this grant will help us reach thousands more neighbors in need,” said Gavin Blair, CEO of the Iowa Association of Realtors®.
Widespread flooding due to rain, snow melt, and frozen ground have impacted almost two-thirds of the state since the middle of March, with some communities over 60% inundated with water, and many farms and local businesses devastated.
The Northwest Iowa Board of Realtors® is comprised of 450 real estate professionals in a 13 county region across the northwest quadrant of Iowa.