Realtors look for housing for Oklahoma tornado victims

Offers of donated supplies are coming in from all over the country, according to the Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors.
by Richard Mize Modified: May 22, 2013 at 10:37 am •  Published: May 22, 2013

The Oklahoma Association of Realtors said it's working with local boards of Realtors surrounding the Moore disaster area to find housing for people whose homes were destroyed by Monday's tornado.

Realtor executives from Missouri and Kansas have offered to help with the response here, CEO Lisa Noon said.

“We have received many offers of supplies from all over the country,” Noon said. “The Realtor family is truly coming together to help our folks in Moore. We are compiling a list of Realtors directly impacted by the tornado in the area, as well as a list of possible rental properties that may be offered to displaced residents.”

Realtors help people get into homes — under pleasant circumstances — every day, said Joe Pryor, president of the association and an agent with Redbud Realty & Associates in Edmond.

“We are deeply saddened at the devastation caused by the tornadoes across our state. Many, many people have lost their homes, and we are coordinating efforts to assist in providing housing for those affected,” Pryor said. “As Realtors, we know how much a home means to a family, and we are praying for the victims and their families.”

State Realtors set up a Facebook group to help displaced people in Moore, Edmond, Shawnee and other cities across the state find temporary and long-term housing. Displaced people can go to www.facebook.com/groups/okhomeaid to post their needs.

“We have dedicated Realtors who are regularly monitoring this page and ready to help,” Pryor said.

Also, several association offices are drop-off sites for donations to the Salvation Army. Items sought include water, sports drinks, diapers, wipes, formula, hand towels, individual wrapped snacks, work gloves, hand sanitizer and sunscreen. Items can dropped off at:

•  Oklahoma Association of Realtors, 9807 Broadway Extension. Call 848-9944.

•  Midwest City-Del City-Moore Association of Realtors, 1212 S Air Depot Blvd., Midwest City. Call 737-3023.

•  Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors, 3131 Northwest Expressway. Call 840-1493.

“The response effort by Oklahomans has been incredible, and we are grateful to first responders and other volunteers for their efforts to assist those in need. Our state is strong, and we will rally to overcome this tragedy,” Pryor said.

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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