Fall Real Estate 2000

Helping homeowners

Know of homeowners who are unable--due to disability or low income--to maintain or renovate their homes? The nonprofit Christmas in April group is looking for such people.

Christmas in April organizes volunteers to work one day a year to renovate such homes for free. The next big volunteer day is set for Saturday, April 28, 2001.

To qualify for the program, homeowners must have a low-income status and live in the building to be repaired. Able-bodied homeowners must work alongside the Christmas in April volunteers.

Applications are due Oct. 15; forms can be obtained by called 366-6597.

Help for Shelter Network

A recent golf tournament held by the San Mateo County Association of Realtors raised $8,700 for the Realtors Foundation, which gave the money to Shelter Network. Shelter Network is a nonprofit group that provides housing and services for 1,500 homeless adults and children each year in San Mateo County.

In the past four years, the Realtors Foundation says, it has given $150,000 to local charities.

SYLVAR bowls for charity SYLVAR bowls for charity (September 22, 2000)

More than $2,500 was raised for the Community Services Agency at a charity event held by the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, Los Altos/Mountain View District, in August.

The first-ever Bowling for Charity event was attended by 130 Realtors, affiliates and friends, who gathered at Planet Bowling at Palo Alto Lanes on Aug. 25 for an evening of dinner, bowling and music. Co-chairs of the event were Hanne Skeffington of Campi Properties and Minnette Thompson of North American Title Co.

The Community Services Agency (CSA) serves residents of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills who have economic, physical or social needs.

State housing funds available

The California Franchise Tax Board is making state funds available to senior citizens and disabled people through its Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program.

Eligible claimants must be at least 62 years old, or be blind or totally disabled as of Dec. 31, 1999. In addition, a claimant's total household income must have been $33,993 or less in 1999.

Qualified homeowners can receive from $14 to $326 per year. Renters can receive from $10 to $240 per year.

Although the last filing period ended Aug. 31, 2000, anyone interested can get information about the next filing period by calling 800-338-0505. Board representatives are available to answer questions. People unsure of their eligibility or in need of assistance should call the number provided.