Kentucky REALTORS® provides $500,000 in tornado relief funds

By Cory McCauley, Building Kentucky

Following the deadly tornado outbreak in December 2021, Kentucky REALTORS® took immediate action to help western Kentucky. Kentucky REALTORS® teamed up with the National Association of REALTORS® to make $1.5 million in Disaster Relief Assistance available to help residents that were affected by the deadly storms.  

To date, Kentucky REALTORS® has provided more than $540,000 to 233 western Kentucky residents, with recipients receiving an average of $2,323 per household. The funds have gone to help families in some of the hardest hit communities, including Mayfield, Bowling Green, Princeton and Dawson Springs.

“Our hearts go out to those people who were impacted by the tornadoes,” said Mike Inman, Kentucky REALTORS® President. “REALTORS® believe in building strong communities and we feel very deeply the loss that people have experienced. This is an important way for us to make a difference.”  

Kentucky REALTORS® has provided more than $176,000 to 71 recipients in Bowling Green, $128,000 to 46 recipients in Princeton and $93,000 to 50 recipients in Mayfield.  

“I’ve seen firsthand the damage to homes, families and communities after the tornado and I’ve heard directly from those in the community that say this funding brought hope in a time of despair,” said Tom Waldrop, President of the Mayfield-Graves County Board of REALTORS®. “The grant money helps families pay for housing, and goes even further to provide homeowners flexibility to cover the cost of unexpected expenses, such as tires, travel, and lost wages.”

Relief assistance is limited to three months of housing expenses up to a maximum of $3,000 per household. Any Kentucky residents affected by the tornado event on December 10 are encouraged to apply for disaster relief from Kentucky REALTORS®.

Applications are available at kyrealtors.com/relief.

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