Home is a place of security, a place that feels comforting and safe even when the world around us seems to be in an upheaval. But tight finances makes homeownership a struggle and an almost unattainable dream for millions of people all over the country, and some of the people who put their lives on the line and sacrifice so much of themselves in service of others are also often the very people who face that impossible dream on a daily basis.
Since their founding in 2002 just after the September 11th attacks claimed the lives of so many military personnel and first responders during their efforts to aid the victims of the plane crashes that toppled the Twin Towers, Homes For Heroes has been a program focused on giving back to the heroes that serve our nation each and every day. Comprised of a network of realtors, lenders, and other real estate representatives dedicated to honoring our nation’s heroes, the program is designed to offer substantial savings and discounts to qualifying individuals hoping to buy, sell, or refinance a home.
And their reach is certainly growing. Having launched the program on a national scale in 2009, Homes for Heroes has expanded its operations to serve 49 states and has provided more than $32 million of savings for over 22,000 deserving individuals and their families—heroic individuals including firefighters; law enforcement officers; military personnel including active duty, reserves, and veterans; healthcare workers; EMS; and teachers.
In military communities and areas like Clarksville, where Homes For Heroes made its first inroads in 2010, the program has created an increasing impact on the lives of so many families in need of assistance, and the support they receive is a true testament of just what a debt of gratitude the nation continues to feel for these very special people and the ways that they serve us all. “Buying or selling a home is an exciting time, but it also comes with a great deal of expenses. Fortunately, the Homes for Heroes program serving the military community of active duty personnel at Fort Campbell as well as the many retirees we have in the area is able to help offset those costs for a large segment of these heroes through our network of Real Estate affiliate and lenders,” explains Melinda Kelly-Major, a realtor with Reliant Realty and Homes for Heroes Real Estate Affiliate in the Clarksville TN/ Fort Campbell Area whose dedicated work with the program earned her the raking as the nation’s #2 Homes for Heroes Real Estate Affiliate in 2017. “We’re thrilled to have Melinda as part of our team of Homes for Heroes specialists, and she is completely committed to our circle of giving and serving the heroes among her in the community in any way she can,” says Abby Waltz, National Director of Homes For Heroes.
“When I was introduced to the Homes for Heroes program, I knew it was something that I had to be a part of, as I have made it a personal goal of mine to make a difference in the lives of my neighbors and clients and to give back to my community,” Kelly-Major explains of why she began working with the organization. “Homes for Heroes enables me to do that. I’ve always said that each of us has a purpose or a calling in life, and we should use those abilities to help those around us. I’m very proud to be a representative of Homes for Heroes and give back and to those that give so much each and every day—it’s really the ultimate way to express my gratitude to those who serve.”
For those very heroic people who just hope for a home, Homes for Heroes provides them with a way to make their hope a reality—and the greatest welcome a hero can receive is a welcome to their very own home.