Community Outreach Resources

NAR's Community Outreach Program resources help REALTORS® be strong advocates for their customers and find solutions to local challenges.

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Fair Housing

Check out the latest fair housing information for REALTORS® and resources to share, including publications, information on Fair Housing Month, tools and products.

Housing Opportunity

The Housing Opportunity program offers grants, trainings, and resources that help REALTORS® and REALTOR® associations expand housing availability and insure an adequate supply of rental housing and home ownership opportunities in their communities.
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Land Use Initiative, Memo Database & Growth Management Fact Book

Get an analysis of pending local land-use regulations and ordinances. Use this service to help craft your association’s response to proposed local ordinances in a way that best supports your members. Or use the Memo Database and Growth Management Fact Book to research various land use management proposals and their impact on the real estate industry.
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Rural Outreach Initiative

NAR's Rural Outreach Initiative provides resources and technical assistance for REALTOR® associations in communities with a population of less than 30,000 and which are rural in Character.
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Smart Growth

Whether your community is grappling with transportation and land use issues, crowded schools or open space, or working to bring vacant properties back to productive use, NAR's Smart Growth program has resources to help your association plant seeds that will pay dividends for your members for years to come.

State and Local Growth Polling

The State and Local Growth Polling program offers REALTOR® Associations the opportunity to conduct polling on growth-related issues in their areas.
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Transforming Neighborhoods Program

The Transforming Neighborhoods program program provides training and technical assessments to associations working with elected officials, local leaders, and housing advocates to revitalize communities.
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Diversity and Inclusion Grants

Diversity and Inclusion grants are available to local REALTOR® organizations for activities that expand the inclusion of diversity in leadership and/or build partnerships with local chapters of multicultural real estate organizations.
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Fair Housing Grants

The Fair Housing Grant program provides funding to state and local REALTOR® Associations to further enhance the importance fair housing plays in our industry and in our communities.
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Housing Opportunity Grants

Housing Opportunity Grants support state and local REALTOR® Associations’ activities that create or improve systems, programs, and policies that expand access to housing that is affordable.
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Placemaking Grant

NAR’s Placemaking Grant is available to REALTOR® associations to help them plan, organize, implement and maintain these types of Placemaking activities in their communities.
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Rural Outreach Grants

Rural Outreach Grants support state and local REALTOR® association initiatives, including trainings, forums, events, studies, and ordinance drafting, on a wide range of rural issues such broadband, well and septic, open space preservation, environmental standards, and planning and zoning issues.
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Smart Growth Grants

Smart Growth Grants support state and local REALTOR® Associations’ efforts to advance programs, policies and initiatives aligned with  one or more of the 10 Smart Growth Principles. Find out how to apply for NAR's Smart Growth Grants.


Better Block Guide

An overview of Better Block, a process that empowers communities and their leaders to reshape the built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods, to help you, along with your partners, to plan and organize a Better Block.
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Placemaking Program & Guide

Placemaking activities transforms neglected, public spaces into vibrant, community gathering places to enhance a neighborhood. If you want to help spruce up a vacant lot, deserted block or abandoned park in your community, our Placemaking Guide, series of webinars, resources and technical and financial assistance are here to help.

Walkable Communities Guides and Resources

Walkable communities are becoming the latest trend in real estate and REALTORS® need to be aware of how the demand for walkable communities impacts real estate and their business. Check out the NAR resources that can help make your community more walkable.
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Workforce Housing Forums & Workforce Housing Guide

Conduct a Workforce Housing Forum to address your community’s workforce housing needs. NAR’s Forum Guide includes tips and tools for setting goals, identifying partners, selecting speakers, managing resources, handling logistics; and examples of successful forums conducted by other associations.
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Success Stories, News, and Publications

On Common Ground Magazine

Published twice a year, On Common Ground contains articles on cutting-edge land planning and development techniques. Order bulk amounts of this magazine to use as a leave-behind when visiting local officials or provide NAR with a mailing list and leave the delivery to us.
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REALTOR® Party News

Check out the REALTOR® Party latest news, success stories, and resources.

Spaces to Places Blog

Check out the stories from state and local REALTOR® associations and learn how they used NAR's grants to transform public spaces into vibrant places for the community.

Success Stories 

State and local REALTOR® Associations around the country are taking advantage of REALTOR® Party tools and resources to step up their community outreach and advocacy efforts. Read about their success stories.


Fair Housing Toolkit

The Fair Housing Toolkit details how fair housing grants can support a variety of initiatives that help state and local associations create or improve systems, programs, and policies that uphold fair housing laws and strengthen REALTORS®’ commitment to equal professional service and being leaders of diverse, inclusive communities.

Housing Opportunity Toolkit

Expanding Housing Opportunity – A Toolkit for REALTORS® and Associations is a collection of guides and resources designed to help REALTORS® and Associations conduct activities to address affordability challenges in the communities they serve. The toolkit is based on the successes of other associations and offers practical tips and examples for a range of activities including housing fairs, buyer education classes, housing forums and more.
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Placemaking Toolkit

Placemaking is simply a way of creating a place in a community where people want to visit and be. This toolkit offers an overview of placemaking, steps to get started, and examples of placemaking in action.

Public School Toolkit

Use this online toolkit for the nuts and bolts of public school policies and techniques.

Smart Growth Toolkit

Use this online toolkit to get up to speed on land use and development practices that can be used to solve a variety of community growing pains.

Transportation Toolkit

Use this online toolkit as a blueprint for your association to learn about the issues surrounding transportation that impact your members and community.

Water Infrastructure Toolkit

Use this online toolkit as grounding in the basic issues of water infrastructure and to point to further resources. Help REALTORS® be strong advocates for their customers’ water rights and find solutions to infrastructure challenges.

Educational Opportunities

Community Outreach Planning Sessions

State and local REALTOR® associations are invited to schedule a one-on-one virtual session to brainstorm ways to advocate and engage in housing opportunity, community planning and development, revitalization efforts and fair housing initiatives, utilizing Community Outreach Grants and Resources.
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Community Outreach Webinars

Watch the recorded webinars on Housing Opportunity, Placemaking, Smart Growth, and Transforming Neighborhoods programs.

Leading With Diversity Workshop

A three hour session for Local Association leaders and staff to develop and articulate a business case for inclusion and diversity, define what diversity means in your community, and take action that will help you move your association along its path to inclusion of diversity in your leadership.
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Smart Growth for the 21st Century Class

Offer and sponsor this four-hour course that teaches REALTORS® state-of-the-art community planning concepts, the value of smart growth neighborhoods to homebuyers and their communities and how REALTORS® can help make smart growth happen.
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