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More Money Available for Tornado Victims

How people can apply.
WASHINGTON – The Peoria Area Association of Realtors is announcing more funding to help tornado victims.

Former Washington resident Calvin Hale says he’s one of the people who lost a lot.

"We've got her moms jewelry out the day of the tornado and that was pretty much it," he said sitting next to his wife.

The pair’s was left with almost nothing after their apartment was destroyed in the tornado.

"We got first month’s rent and deposit from FEMA. That helped us get in the place."

But that's about it. Everything inside the house they rent was donated. Hale is looking for a job and his wife has mounting medical bills. He said there's only enough rent money to last through March.

"There's people that are worse off than us, you know, that I talk to every day," he said.

That's why the PAAR wants to help. Disaster victims can receive financial assistance up to $1,500 for one month's mortgage expenses, plus temporary housing or rent. A second relief fund means people can also get to up to $500 for daily needs including food and employment.

Hale is hoping to get just a little more of that help so he can leave these feelings behind.

"Panic. Lots of panic. I'm pretty edgy every day just not knowing."

Residents will be able to apply for this financial assistance by contacting PAAR. They can stop by the PAAR offices at 7307 N. Willowlake Court, Peoria, IL 61614 or can call 309.688.8591. To qualify, a brief grant application must be completed and submitted with documentation. For housing costs, that should include a copy of last mortgage statement, rental/lease agreement or temporary housing costs (up to $1,500). Other documentation may be required.
Residents unable come to PAAR during business hours of 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, but still desiring assistance from the REALTOR® Relief Foundation and the Illinois Realtors® Relief fund may apply by downloading and filling out these forms:
http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/sites/illinoisrealtor.org/files/Forms/RRF Application.pdf or at http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/webfm_send/1052
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