In 2005, one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the Gulf Coast resulted in nice Texas counties being declared federal disaster areas. The devastating effects of Hurricane Rita prompted the Texas Association of Realtors to create the nonprofit Texas Realtors Relief Fund to help Texans overcome economic hardships related to the effects of the storm. In response to a call for help, local, stake, and national Realtor organizations and individuals contributed approcimately $500,000 to Texans whose primary residences were damaged by Hurricane Rita.
Although the fund was initially created for survivors of Hurricane Rite, other disasters created a need for continued aid.
Members of the Greated El Paso Association of Realtors received help when disastrous flooding occurred in 2006. In 2008, assistance was made available to Texas Realtors whose primary residences were affected by Hurricane Ike. Three years later, the fund provided money to Texas Realtors whose homes were damaged or destroyed by wildfires. And the Texas Realtors Relief Fun recently accepted applications from homeowners affected by fertilizer-plant explosion in West.
The fund has dispersed more than $1.2 million to Texans affected by natural disasters since its inception.
Any person or organization may donate to the Texas Realtors Relief Fund, and any member affected by a disaster in Texas may apply for aid. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-879-9155 for more details.