Resources: A Home of My Own
Non-profit Real Estate Brokerage. Linked to EmPOWERment is Community Realty, the nation's first non-profit owned real estate brokerage. Community Realty donates its profits to the local affordable housing non-profit, EmPOWERment, Inc., which owns us. In its first year, Community Reality gave away more than $25,000. The goal for the second year is to double that number.
The realtors get paid the same as any other realtor. As one of the Community Realty realtors puts it, "I get the benefit of knowing that I am not just helping people find homes. I am able to help people help their community. That may sound corny, but it really does make the difference at the end of the day."
Federal Resources. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has developed a web page on housing for persons with disabilities. It provides web links to HUD and other programs, such as Section 811 Supportive Housing (rental), Accessible housing designs, modification funds, and local homebuying programs. (http://www.hud.gov/groups/disabilities.cfm)
HUD Housing Choice Vouchers. The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and people with disabilities to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. (http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/hcv/about/fact_sheet.cfm). The program is administered through local public housing authorities (PHAs).