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For Immediate Release
April 18, 2008

Contact: Melanie Green, Communications Director
E-mail: MGreen@NEFAR.org
Phone: (904) 394-9494, ext. 1204
Fax: (904) 398-8025

Northeast Florida Association of Realtors Sponsors Paint The Town

Realtor Association Furthers Commitment To Housing By Serving As $15,000 Event Sponsor

JACKSONVILLE, FL - The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) has donated $15,000 and will serve as the event sponsor of Paint the Town; a major neighborhood revitalization project that is an initiative of the Housing Partnership of Northeast Florida.

Paint the Town is a major community service event to be held April 19 - 26 in the Magnolia Gardens neighborhood in Jacksonville. During that time, hundreds of volunteers, including several crews from NEFAR, will gather to paint and rehab more than 30 homes that have undergone extensive rehabilitation by the Housing Partnership. The donation from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors assists the low income households in Magnolia Gardens that are in dire need of home rehabilitation.

NEFAR has been a staunch supporter of the Housing Partnership since 2004 when it formed a volunteer partnership called Realtors Ramp It Up! Since then, NEFAR members have built more than 115 wheelchair ramps for the physically disabled.

"NEFAR is extremely pleased to be the 2008 sponsor of Paint The Town and expand our joint projects with the Housing Partnership," says NEFAR President Bonnie Siecker. "Whether we're building wheelchair ramps or painting houses, our efforts serve our community and that's something about which Realtors feel strongly."

The Housing Partnership of Northeast Florida is a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate community development by offering a range of services that expands affordable housing for low and moderate-income families and improves the quality of life in Northeast Florida. More information on the Housing Partnership and Paint the Town can be found at www.thehousingpartnership.com.

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors is headquartered in Jacksonville with satellite Service Centers in Orange Park, Jacksonville Beach and Palatka. NEFAR is the largest trade association in northeast Florida, serving more than 6,400 Realtor and affiliate members in Duval, Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

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