Remembering Sept. 11

Remembering Sept. 11

REALTORS® Remember

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, along with America and the rest of the world, REALTORS® were shocked by the terrorist acts in New York and Washington, D.C. Within hours, the REALTORS® Housing Relief Fund was formed. It was the first fund of its kind established by a national association for families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, and its goal was to ensure that no families lost their homes as a result of losing a loved one. Contributions and messages poured in. Visit the

Sept. 11 Remembrance site



REALTORS® Responded
REALTORS® pledged that no family would lose its home as a result of the terrorist attacks. By the time NAR completed its mission, not one family had. The $8.3 million donated by REALTORS®, REALTOR® associations, and others and distributed to surviving family members were only part of what REALTORS® gave. They also came together to help neighbors and strangers cope with unimaginable shock and grief.

At NAR's first annual conference, just two months after the attacks, 2001 President Richard Mendenhall told members, "On Sept. 11 across this country, REALTORS® ignited an enormous flame of freedom. You stopped what you were doing. You did what was right and you did something really great for America. And I will tell you something. Greatness will stay with you for the rest of your life."

REALTORS® Went on Helping
In the aftermath of Sept. 11, REALTORS® learned that they have the strength and compassion to reach out to those in need -- in their own communities and across the globe -- when disaster strikes. Once they knew what they could do, they kept on going.

By the time a tsunami had left thousands in South Asia homeless in December 2004, NAR had morphed the REALTORS® Housing Relief Fund into the REALTORS® Relief Foundation, a 501(c)(3) whose mission was to provide relief in a housing crisis. REALTORS® partnered with Habitat for Humanity, raising more than $1 million to build REALTOR® Villages in what became known as the REALTORS® Tsunami Relief Project.

Less than one year later, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast states. Money began flowing into the REALTORS® Relief Foundation, and REALTORS® got busy again. They offered housing to those displaced by the storms, poured into the region to assist in relief efforts, and enabled local REALTORS® to do what they do best -- help people find homes. Learn about the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

REALTORS® in Our Communities
REALTORS® build communities, know their neighbors, and care about helping others. NAR supports and recognizes these efforts through a variety of partnerships and initiatives:

  • Safety Week: We are committed to helping our members stay safe while on the job, at home, and on the road. Read more >
  • Habitat for Humanity: NAR has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build dozens of houses in the Gulf Coast region. Read more >
  • REALTOR® Magazine's Good Neighbor Awards: Real estate professionals volunteer countless hours to their communities. Read more >
  • HOPE Awards: These annual awards recognize individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to increase minority homeownership in America. Read more >

Learn more about how REALTORS® make a difference in your community.

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