From the National Association of REALTORS® – White House Launches New Website for Renters & Housing Providers

The White House announced the launching of a new website from the CFPB to help renters and housing providers find rental assistance to cover rent owed as a result of COVID-19. The website makes it easy to find a rental assistance provider in your area. 

NAR was invited by the White House to participate in a “call-to-action” to spread the word about this new resource, so you will see it shared on NAR’s social media accounts; please feel free to re-post to your own groups and accounts to get the word out. To further assist with the call-to-action, the White House provided a toolkit (attached), which includes lots of resources – sample emails, posts, images, and videos – to help with the effort. 

NAR has also launched a new page with links to many resources on this, including NAR’s FAQ for housing providers, NAR’s background/talking points on the end of the eviction moratorium, resources from the federal government (including the CFPB toolkit), and resources from other housing industry groups, such as the National Multifamily Housing Coalition which includes tools for communicating with residents about rental assistance. 

Rental assistance is available to help renters pay the rent they owe and housing providers collect it so they can meet their financial obligations. Nearly every program allows housing providers to apply on behalf of their tenants (with their permission) and all can do direct payments to the housing provider on behalf of the tenant. 

Please avail yourselves of these resources and share them with your networks/clients/anyone who can benefit from them.

CFPB Rent Assistance Page: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/mortgage-and-housing-assistance/renter-protections/find-help-with-rent-and-utilities/

NAR Rental Assistance Resource Page: https://www.nar.realtor/political-advocacy/rental-assistance-resources

Let me know if you have questions.

Drew

Andrew G. Myers

Political Representative

National Association of REALTORS®

Drew Myers Political Representative
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® | 500 New Jersey Ave NW | Washington, DC 20001
Email: [email protected] | Office: 202-383-1072
www.nar.realtor

City of Fayetteville Development Services is Educating Brokers on Permitting Concerns Pertaining to the NC Real Estate Commission

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Development Services: Need a permit? A 15-minute City of Fayetteville Podcast addresses growing state concerns about housing permits and how Development Services is helping. Jason Everage, Chief Building Official, and Development Services Director Dr. Newton. Although permits are not always required in several replacement types of work in houses, The NC Real Estate Commission is disciplining licensed brokers who fail to disclose permitted or non-permitted changes as material facts. The Podcast was shared with the local Longleaf Pine REALTORS® and the Home Builders Association Fayetteville. Listen

NC Eviction Moratorium Expires June 30, 2021

Council of State Votes on Executive Order 206 Should End Moratorium on Evictions

Jun 29, 2021

(Raleigh, N.C.) – Having reviewed responses from other North Carolina Council of State (COS) members, State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA, confirmed today that there was not enough support on the COS to extend the moratorium on evictions that was part of Executive Order 206. This will allow property owners to work with their tenants to find reasonable solutions to rent payments without government intervention. Treasurer Folwell praised the action, saying that by lifting the eviction moratorium more housing might become available as property owners have greater certainty that their expenses will be met through timely rent payments.  

Originally issued in October 2020, and most recently extended in March of this year, the moratorium on evictions was set to expire on June 30. It is based on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention national moratorium issued last fall. Even though Treasurer Folwell supported the original order, he did not support the three extensions and recently asked the governor to let the executive order expire at the end of the month. 

“Letting this order expire pushes the power back to the people to make these types of decisions,” Treasurer Folwell said. “What was originally an act of COVID now exists solely as an act of the state. Now, property owners can work with tenants on equitable solutions that are unique to each situation without a ‘one-sizes-fits-all’ government-mandated order. In turn, property owners – especially small property owners – will feel more confident in making more housing available because they know they have a much higher probability of recouping their costs for mortgage payments, property taxes, maintenance and repairs.” 

Treasurer Folwell noted that as a child of a single mother, his family financially struggled when he was growing up. However, their landlord gave them the “benefit of the doubt,” working with them so they could continue to have shelter.  

“I want to thank the other members of the Council of State who voted to end the moratorium,” Treasurer Folwell said. “As Gov. Martin always said, ‘doing right is never wrong’ and this was the right thing to do.”  

The North Carolina Department of State Treasurer (DST) administers the employee retirement systems for more than 950,000 public workers, along with their 401(k), 457 and 403(b) plans. DST manages the pension plans’ investments currently totaling $120 billion. It also oversees the State Health Plan, which provides health care coverage to more than 750,000 teachers, state employees, retirees, current and former lawmakers, state university and community college personnel, and their dependents. Fiscal assistance and expertise are provided by the department to local governmental units by aiding them in the sale of local government debt obligations and in maintaining sound budgeting, accounting and reporting procedures. The department also administers the NC Cash unclaimed property database. 

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Bethany (Eastover area) Community Input Meeting Regarding Land Use Plan

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Drop-In Public Meeting for Bethany Area Land Use Plan

Jun 15, 2021

The Cumberland County Planning & Inspections Department will hold a drop-in public meeting regarding the Bethany Area Land Use Draft Plan. The purpose of the meeting is to hear and answer public comments or concerns. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Center Baptist Church at 4980 Wade-Stedman Road, Wade, NC 28395.

The plan, which reviews current conditions, such as demographics, zoning, and natural environments, is designed to guide future land use decision making and development of the area.

“We’re encouraging all residents and interested parties to attend this meeting,” Planning & Inspections Director Rawls Howard said. “Staff and appointed officials will consult this plan when making future recommendations and decisions for this area on rezoning cases and ordinance updates.”

The Bethany area is the last small area without an adopted detailed land use plan within Cumberland County. The Bethany plan area is located within the northeast portion of the County, approximately 10 miles east of Fayetteville. This area comprises approximately 11,204 acres of land and is defined on the south by Oak Grove Church Road; on the west by Wade-Stedman Road; on the north by N.C. Highway 13 (Goldsboro Road); and on the east by the South River/Sampson County.

The draft plan can be found at co.cumberland.nc.us/departments/planning-group/planning/comprehensive-planning/current-planning-efforts. For more information, call Planning & Inspections at 910-678-7629. The office in the Historic Courthouse at 130 Gillespie St. in downtown Fayetteville.

Bethany Area Boundary Map

Leadership Sanford Program Seeks Applications

By Meg Moss – Sanford Chamber Executive Director

The Chamber Leadership Sanford program began in 1999 and was developed to provide a continuous, diverse supply of creative leaders to our community by developing participants’ knowledge of the region and providing them the opportunity for meaningful action.

The Leadership Sanford program begins this September and runs until June. Participants meet one day per month though out the nine-month program. The sessions give participants an in-depth look at a range of topics of community interest and importance by experts and community leaders. Topics are designed to provide both personal development and community enrichment.

Some of the objectives of the program:

  • Select highly qualified potential and emerging leaders who are most likely to give to the community through service and have the potential to assume expanded responsibility
  • To provide participants with the knowledge necessary to create a deeper understanding of our community and the boards
  • participate in community work
  • Offer their services in government and non-profit organizations

Applications for Leadership Sanford are now being accepted. Find out more about the program, and apply at wwww.growsanfordnc.com/leadership/

Rental Assistance Available in Fayetteville/Cumberland County

 
   
Fayetteville Cumberland Emergency Rental Assistance Program launched The City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program launched June 1.
The goal is to distribute money received through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to eligible residents who are unable to pay rent and utilities due to economic constraints from the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of $10,119,409 has been allocated to the City and County and is available to support the program. Residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County who are renters needing assistance to cover past, current or upcoming rent or utility payments may apply online at fayettevillecumberlandRAP.com, by phone at 888-495-7710, or in-person by scheduling an appointment through the Customer Call Center at 888-495-7710. 
Hours of Operation are Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The program will operate through Dec. 31, 2021, or until all available money is disbursed, whichever comes first.

Applicants can apply once to receive assistance. Money from the Rental Assistance Program can go toward current and past due rent as well as current and past due utilities, internet and home energy costs dated no earlier than March 13, 2020.
To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Resident of the City of Fayetteville or Cumberland County, N.C.; Between March 13, 2020 and the present, one or more individuals within the household qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic;

One or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and Household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (Please note that households with an income at or below 50% will be prioritized during the first 30 days of the program to ensure funding is made available to our most vulnerable populations) Landlords may work with their tenants to complete an application. Visit fayettevillecumberlandRAP.com to access the program application.