Realtors’ playbook to help homeless students, families

Realtors' playbook to help homeless students, families

Realtors’ playbook to help homeless students, families

The Frederick County Association of Realtors are in the process of creating a resource guide to help them find affordable housing for homeless students and their families. The FCAR Affordable Housing Committee will coordinate the program. Committee members from left are Steve Jarvis, FCRA CEO; Jeri Benner, committee chair and Jay Mason. Staff photo by Bill Green



Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 2:00 am

Realtors’ playbook to help homeless students, families find affordable housing

By Ed Waters Jr. News-Post Staff

The Frederick News-Post

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Homeless students and their families will soon get a resource guide to help them find affordable housing.


The Frederick County Association of Realtors received $3,000 from the National Association of Realtors to create the resource guide.

The FCAR Affordable Housing Committee will coordinate the program — a playbook — to help the homeless and near homeless families in the Frederick County Public Schools system, said Jeri Benner, a member of the committee.

According to the school system, 658 students are defined as homeless in Frederick County.

The project will allow the Frederick County Association of Realtors to work to meet an immediate need for schoolchildren with housing insecurity through the development of a resource guide. The publication will be available through guidance counselors and school caseworkers so that the families can successfully navigate the social services and charitable resources available to them.

The project encompasses the development of the guidebook, in close contact with county social service providers, charities, and private citizens.

Benner said the playbook will be online after it is developed. The committee is looking for donations of binders and money to cover the cost of printing.

The first step in developing the playbook is to gather data, Benner said. A survey is posted on www.fcar.org.

FCAR is trying to gather data from all corners of the county. Some families may not have access to the resources located in Frederick city.

The Realtors are looking for input from charities, religious organizations, nonprofits and others that assist homeless and near homeless families in Frederick County. The deadline to complete the survey is April 15.

Benner said she hopes to have the data collected and the publication printed by mid-June.

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