Organizational Partners

Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) is the largest trade association in the state, with over 25,000 members representing all real estate specialties. In 2001, MAR formed the Partnership for Housing Foundation to address the housing needs of low and moderate income consumers across the state. MAR has worked in close partnership with the Foundation providing both financial and staff support. For more information, go to

National Association of REALTORS® - offers many initiatives to involve REALTORS® to promote fair housing and housing opportunity, including Good Neighbor Awards, Ambassadors for Cities, and HouseLogic (a free source of information and tools that can help home owners make smart and timely decisions about their home). Ira Gribin Workforce Housing Grant This grant is intended to provide state REALTOR® foundations and associations with the resources and support to take the initiative to address workforce housing issues in their state. This initiative has also helped to broaden the public’s understanding and appreciation of REALTORS®' commitment to their communities and to community-building activities.

Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) is a network of successful REALTORS® empowering women to exercise their potential as entrepreneurs and industry leaders. Through their influence as successful business professionals, members effect positive change in the profession and in the broader community. [Ask members of WCR to raise hands.] Thank them for the household gifts and appliances.

Community Development Administration (CDA) Maryland Mortgage Program offers loans to qualified buyers. The Foundation with the Maryland Association of REALTORS® has worked with CDA staff to promote its programs in counties where the mortgage programs are under utilized. Go to for a list of participating lenders.

Freddie Mac was created by congress in 1970 to stabilize the nation's mortgage market and expand opportunities for homeownership and affordable rental housing. The Foundation partners with Freddie Mac in presenting its CreditSmart® program, which trains instructors to teach financial literacy and credit management to consumers. For more information on CreditSmart® and other Freddie Mac programs, go to .

Habitat for Humanity, International is a national non-profit housing organization that works with hundreds of affiliates all over the world to build simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those who lack adequate shelter. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 175, 000 houses, providing shelter for nearly 900,000 people worldwide. The Foundation and local REALTOR® associations have partnered with local Habitat affiliates across Maryland to build or rehab homes. For more information visit

Maryland Commission on Civil Rights protects Marylanders against unlawful discrimination in Employment, Housing and Public Accommodations. The Foundation has partnered with the Commission in developing and teaching a course for real estate professionals on promoting non-discriminatory practices in the real estate transaction. Go to for more information on the Commission.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes funding available to serve homeless, produce affordable housing, stimulate economic development and protect children from the dangers of lead poisoning and all inclusive information on "SuperNOFA" (Notification of Funding Availability). The Foundation partnered with HUD and the Maryland Commission on Human Relations under a HUD grant to promote non-discriminatory practices in real estate practices by developing and presenting a specialized class for real estate professionals. For more information go to





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