With a Diversity Initiative Grant, the Houston Association of REALTORS® has put together a program for members, including the city's multicultural real estate associations, that includes information on topics from mold remediation to tax breaks and managing the emotional consequences. Gift cards for food stories and a positive outlook on the real estate market made the supporting event even more cheerful.
The Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS® (HAIR) recognized that minority representation in their leadership did not accurately reflect the diversity of their members, their community, and the real estate industry at large, and used a Diversity Grant to support the local chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), the historical organization founded in 1947 by African American professionals. In partnership, the REALTORS® and REALTISTS®, as NAREB members are called, are moving towards a stronger future in Northern Alabama.
A Diversity Initiative Grant helped the Middle Georgia Association of REALTORS® bring together elected officials, community leaders, homeowners, and prospective buyers to create partnerships to meet the most basic needs of communities and provide affordable housing solutions for a county with a poverty rate close to 23, 5% to develop.
Remembering the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in their own town 50 years ago this spring, the REALTORS® of Memphis, Tennessee, marched two miles to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. However, this was just the beginning of a strategic plan that sheds bright light on cultural diversity, fair living, and disease control initiatives.
In order to find solutions to the severe housing shortage in San Diego, the REALTORS® of the Pacific Southwest have joined forces with a coalition that has proposed numerous strategies for the city for a transition-oriented development. Shortly thereafter, the city council unanimously passed five new incentives to encourage replenishment development, particularly along the transit routes. A Smart Growth Action Grant from the REALTOR® Party helped the cause.
In Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "The Other America" speech in March 50 years ago, the local REALTOR® board makes all its decisions through an internalized lens of diversification. In collaboration with the public school system, the REALTORS® recently created a calendar that is illustrated with the students' visions of diversity. The proceeds from the calendar sale support diversity efforts in schools.
With the help of a Diversity Initiative Grant and training for employees of the REALTOR® Party, the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, which has more than 10,000 members, was able to create a diverse and integrative environment, maintain organizational partnerships and offer its members educational opportunities.
Because school quality plays such a big role in home purchase decisions, the Quad Cities Area REALTOR® Association decided to use their marketing and negotiation skills to promote their schools in the area. They first invited major employers, mayors and school principals in the area of the 23 municipalities to a conference to have an open discussion on diversity, inclusion and governance. The conference resulted in plans to create a robust website with comprehensive information about each school that would help families make informed decisions about where to live.