NYSAR, Housing Opportunities Foundation, Inc.

You can make a difference.

The New York State Association of REALTORS® and the NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation are committed to assisting New Yorkers in achieving the American Dream of becoming homeowners.

Every day, New York REALTORS® assist families and individuals in becoming homeowners. Yet, we know that many are left behind. The NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation was created to help these families and individuals in overcoming the obstacles to homeownership as well as to promote safe, decent and affordable housing for all in New York State.


The NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation recently conducted a Champagne& Diamonds fundraiser on February 11th at the Desmond Hotel in Albany and weraised $8,000! At the event, we gave away many diamond pieces, and Rick Riellyof the Columbia Greene Board of REALTORS®, won the 1-carat diamond hiddenaway on one of the champagne glass. Congratulations Rick!

Second from left, the diamond winner Rick Rielly!

A thank you to G. Griffin Wine & Spirits for cosponsoring the event, and PhilipAlexander Jewelers for their help in securing all the diamond pieces.


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With the goal of assisting individuals in becoming homeowners, the NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation identifies outside partnership opportunities with organizations that facilitate homeownership and also provides direct support in the home buying process to low-to-moderate income families.

Operating Guidelines

What is the NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation?

Created by the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of REALTORS® in early 2003, it is a 501(c) (3) charitable foundation with the goal of assisting individuals in becoming homeowners utilizing a variety of means including public-private partnerships, education, counseling and financial assistance to both individuals and organizations whose activities facilitate homeownership. The NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation was created at the recommendation of the NYSAR Housing Opportunities Committee, which has been charged with creating opportunities to increase affordable housing and opportunities for individuals to overcome the barriers to homeownership.

The activities of the foundation are governed by a board of directors comprised of 16-20 members of the New York State Association of REALTORS®.

Board of Directors

Housing Opportunities Foundation

  • President:

    Laird Klein, Staten Island
  • Vice President:

    Leah Caro, Hudson Gateway
  • Secretary:

    Mary Alice Ruppert, Long Island
  • Treasurer:

    Sarah Stansbury, Clinton County

Term expires 2020

  • Rick Rielly, Columbia Greene
  • Jaqlene Rose, Otsego Delaware
  • Susan Sommers, Greater Capital
  • Karen Klecar, NYS Commercial
  • Allen Caruso, Southern Adirondack

Term expires 2021

  • Dan Gallagher, Key Bank
  • Leah Caro, Hudson Gateway
  • Susan Gray, Northern Adirondack
  • Mary Alice Ruppert, Long Island
  • Jennifer Vucetec, Greater Capital

Term expires 2022

  • Sarah Stansbury, Clinton County
  • Kimberly Bullard, Southern Adirondack
  • Laurel Sweeney, Ulster County
  • Laird Klein, Staten Island
  • Kalen Raynor, Long Island
  • Housing Opportunities Committee Chair:

    Lanie Bittner, Greater Rochester
  • Immediate Past President:

    Rick Rielly, Columbia Greene

Making homeownership a reality

Between 2003 and 2019, the NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation helped more than 350 families across New York State become homeowners by awarding first-time homebuyer grants.The intention was to help defray ever-rising closing costs and the down payment expenditure. The NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation has partnered with the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region to receive, review and award first-time home buyer grants throughout the state of New York. In order to apply, applicants must be working with a REALTOR® and fall within the given guidelines.

The Community Foundation

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region is an independent, non-profit, publicly-supported, tax-exempt organization founded in 1968 to meet the existing and future needs of the Capital Area’s educational, health, cultural, civic and charitable organizations. The Community Foundation’s scope goes beyond social service and welfare; its purpose is to improve the overall quality of life in the Capital Region. The mission of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region is to strengthen our community by attracting charitable endowments both large and small, maximizing benefits to donors, making effective grants, and providing leadership to address community needs. Six Tower Place Albany, NY 12203 cfgcr.org


The NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation, in cooperation with the Community Foundation, has moved to an online application submission portal. Starting January 1, the only applications that will be accepted are those that are submitted online.

All applicants will be notified of grant approval or denial by the next mid-month following receipt of application. Please do not call for the status of your application unless extenuating circumstances arise. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

CLICK HERE and you will be redirected to submit your application online.

See below for guidelines, requirements and a grant program fact sheet:

NYSAR HOF Application InstructionsGrant Program Fact Sheet

How can I make a difference?

To accomplish its mission of facilitating homeownership for citizens of New York State, the NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation must be adequately funded. With your generous support, the foundation can continue to:

  • Foster public-private sector relationships to help individuals become homeowners.
  • Facilitate the acquisition and maintenance of private homeownership and housing options.
  • Offer expertise and guidance in the home acquisition process.
  • Provide opportunities for funding down payment and closing costs for individuals as well as distributions to other Section 501(c)(3) organizations with like goals.

Make your tax-deductible contribution today and help make the dream of homeownership a reality for families and individuals throughout the state. Donating is easy. Simply complete the donation form and send it to the NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation.

Contact Us

Ali Mann, Director of Governance NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation 130 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12210 Ph: 518-463-0300 Fax: 518-462-5474 Email: [email protected]