SFAR publishes ‘Welcome Guide’
The Santa Fe Association of Realtors has published a Santa FeWelcome Guide for new residents and emergency-services workers, with support from a National Association of Realtors (NAR) grant. The $2,500 Housing Opportunity Program grant helped with the design and creation of the guide that features information on city and county services, affordable-housing programs, recreation, health care, education, transportation, homeowner tips, things to do and see in the Santa Fe area, and even a lingo section to help folks pronounce places like a Santa Fean. More importantly, the new guide incorporates a plethora of affordable-housing programs found here in Santa Fe and featured in two housing reports published by the association over the past fewyears with NAR grant funding.
The Santa Fe Association of Realtors (SFAR) wanted to ensure that emergency (fire, police, and hospital) workers have access to the best and most comprehensive affordable housing information to encourage them to live and work in Santa Fe. The issue of having our local police and fire workers finding affordable homes or rentals in Santa Fe to prevent long outof-town commutes as well as being a part of our community has come up during several political election cycles, and Realtors wanted to find a way to address the problem. The national funding, local staff support, coordination with the local fire and police recruiters, and key direction from the SFAR Government Affairs Committee allowed the association the opportunity to move forward.
The Santa FeWelcome Guide will also be a wonderful new tool for newcomers, especially those looking to settle in and better access the valuable and diverse services available to our residents. Having the guide available to the public and our members’ clients in an electronic format is ideal, with live website links to many area sites so folks can connect easily to get more specific details on services and things to do.
The guide will be available on the association’s website at www.sfar.com for use by newcomers and the public. The Santa FeWelcome Guide digital version will be updated monthly and annually for printed versions. Printed versions of the guide will be provided to local police and fire recruitment staff for sharing with new recruits. An updated electronic copy will be provided monthly to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center to share as needed with newly hired medical staff.
The Santa Fe Association of Realtors welcomes feedback from local businesses, organizations and readers about the guide, including ways to add more specific and accurate information of interest to newcomers, emergency workers, and the public.
For more information, visit www.sfar. com. To find out more about the NAR Housing Opportunity Program grants, see www.realtor.org/grants/housing-opportunity-program-grant.
Paco Arguello is chief executive of the Santa Fe Association of Realtors. Contact him at 982-8385 or email@example.com.