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GCAAR expands eligibility for Emergency Relief Program

The GCAAR Cares Emergency Relief Program was created in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is run by an outside non-profit entity.

The GCAAR Cares Emergency Relief Program is open to GCAAR primary and affiliate members in good standing with GCAAR for a minimum of three of the last five years who have experienced a financial hardship due to natural disaster, family emergency, a death in the immediate family or extraordinary health or medical expenses.

Grants cannot be used toward the payment of membership dues or to offset the loss of income.

No applicants may request assistance from the fund no more than once per year.

If this definition pertains to you, please reach out for help and take advantage of this GCAAR member benefit! Read through the rest of this page for details on how to apply for this confidential program, which has already made a profound difference in some of your colleagues’ lives.

GCAAR is here to help

Eligible individuals can apply for between $500 and $3,000 to help if you’re having trouble paying for health or medical needs, such as medical bills or prescriptions, family emergencies such as housing, memorials or other vital necessities for your well-being.

To ensure the utmost confidentiality of those who apply, we’ve enlisted the help of a third-party organization to administer and fulfill the program: Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) reviews the applications, determines eligibility and distributes the funds.

How to apply

To apply for the program, please email emergencyrelief@gcaar.com to indicate your interest. This is a confidential email address, and it will be used ONLY so that GCAAR can confirm your eligibility for the program and to connect you with CAAB to begin the application process. 

At GCAAR, we’re committed to providing the resources that all of you, as part of our REALTOR® family, need to succeed. And in these difficult times, this program helps us continue to deliver on that purpose.

 

GCAAR member testimonials

"I had to choose between doctors' visits and buying food for my children."

One GCAAR member explains that he did not originally believe he qualified for the program, but is glad he applied.
"I needed the money because I contracted COVID-19. After my negative test, I ended up in a group titled the COVID long-haulers because of how the virus damaged my body. I have to have regular doctors' visits. Because of those visits and constant lab tests, my medical bills have been piling up. Before I got help from GCAAR, I had to choose between doctors' visits and buying food for my children." 

"All we can ask for... is an opportunity to receive assistance, no matter the outcome."

Recently, a GCAAR member whose father had died and whose mother had been diagnosed with dementia and COVID-19 was able to take advantage of the GCAAR Cares Emergency Relief Program.

“Sincerely, thank you for the opportunity. All we can ask for... is for an opportunity to receive assistance, no matter the outcome,” said the member. You do not need to test positive for the coronavirus to be eligible for these benefits. Find out how we can help you at gcaar.com/emergencyrelief

"GCAAR Cares came along and helped me to survive a little longer."

When COVID-19 began to spread around the country, one GCAAR member was advised by his doctor to quarantine. As a cancer survivor, he was at higher risk for negative effects from the coronavirus. “With unemployment about to run out and my savings going down each month,” the member says he was facing homelessness. “GCAAR Cares came along and helped me to survive a little longer. Thank you, all of you for reaching out to help others,” he says. 

“The GCAAR grant came at a time of great need for me.”

One GCAAR member was hospitalized for nine days when learned she had a rare blood cancer - putting her in the high-risk category for COVID-19. Read on for details about how the GCAAR Cares Emergency Relief Program was able to provide support. 

"My wellness and treatment had been my main focus and as such, business suffered and my savings was being depleted rapidly. When I saw the email from GCAAR about the grant I was excited and responded immediately. I truly appreciated the simplicity of the application process and the quickness in the decision-making. Thank you, GCAAR, for this grant program. This shows that you care about your members and our well-being, especially in this unprecedented time."

"I know a lot of people may be hurting worse than us, so it was hard to ask for help..."

A mom, wife and loyal GCAAR member and her family have unfortunately been directly affected by the pandemic, but we were able to offer aid in their time of need as part of this program.

“Covid-19 has placed physical, mental and financial hardships on us as a family, but we are very lucky that GCAAR has generously set up a grant to help financially if someone in your family contracts covid-19. The GCAAR Cares Emergency Relief Program was an easy and confidential process... I know a lot of people may be hurting worse than us, so it was hard to ask for help for medical and household expenses. We appreciate the financial assistance that the GCAAR Cares Emergency Relief program has provided us, and we really are thankful for their generosity during these unprecedented times.”

She thought twice about applying to the program because of the sensitivity around COVID-19. She felt as if there were others who needed help more than she did, but she was given reassurance that she could depend on her GCAAR family during a phase of life that created instant isolation for her family.

"To see that GCAAR was offering its members like myself...was nothing short of a sigh of relief."

One member was struggling during the pandemic to keep her mother and herself afloat when she saw the program could help her financially. “To see that GCAAR was offering its members like myself who have been experiencing somewhat of a rough time during this pandemic was nothing short of a sigh of relief. This assistance has been a breath of fresh air and has put me in a position to assist my mother who was affected by COVID-19 and has been unable to work her normal hours. I have been able to better sustain some of the needs of her house. GCAAR truly cares about their members, and if I never knew it before this emergency relief was proof!"  

"Knowing that someone is there helped us realize we are facing this pandemic together."

One GCAAR member recently told us about the positive impact the program has had for him personally, once he realized he met the qualifications for it: "GCAAR Cares helped me and my family when we were in the most difficult situation mentally, emotionally and financially. The pandemic affected my closest family member, my father. It was hard to see my mother suffering through the entire experience, too. GCAAR Cares helped us get going and gave my mother a gift of relief. Knowing that someone is there helped us realize we are facing this pandemic together. Thanks to GCAAR Cares!”

"The support from GCAAR Cares was very much appreciated especially in these challenging times."

The support from GCAAR Cares was very much appreciated especially in these challenging times. I have family members who was unable to work after being hospitalized due to testing positive for COVID-19.These funds were able to provide for daily expenses. Thanks GCAAR Cares for being here to assist in these tough times.

"My family is very grateful and appreciative of the program."

It's definitely been helpful to receive assistance from the organization and provides an opportunity for some financial relief. My family is very grateful and appreciative of the program. Thank you so much!!

"You all don't know how much this is gonna help us!"

THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!! I am literally crying while typing this! You all don't know how much this is gonna help us! Thank you 10 times over.