SFAR pub­lishes ‘Wel­come Guide’

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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 paco@sfar.com.

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