As Hurricane Matthew hits the shores of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina causing more than 500,000 residents to be without power, the housing industry is stepping up to the plate and helping with relief for consumers impacted by the disaster.
“We understand that many families and communities are hurting as they deal with the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. Fannie Mae and our servicers stand with homeowners who have been impacted by these extremely challenging conditions,” said Malloy Evans, Vice President of Servicing at Fannie Mae. “We are working with our servicers to ensure assistance is offered to borrowers and communities in need. Our thoughts are with all of those who have been impacted.”
But the industry is also providing immediate relief for the more practical needs of those hardest hit by the storm. For example, ZVN Properties partnered with MercyChefs, a faith-based, non-profit disaster relief organization, to help feed first responders and rescue workers as well as some of the residents impacted by the hurricane.
“We are in a position where we can help these people that are effected and we decided that this was the right thing to do,” said Bryan Lysikowski, Co-founder and CEO of ZVN Properties. “We chose them as a partner and are currently sending staff to their headquarters to help drive vehicles down to the affected areas.”
Lysikowski says that it is important for the industry to be a source of hope for its customers, especially in difficult times.
“We are in a position where we can help these people that are effected and we decided that this was the right thing to do”
- Bryan Lysikowski, Co-founder and CEO of ZVN Properties
"Our industry is often viewed as a dark horse or dark industry, but I think this is an opportunity to give back and place it in a positive light,” says Lyskowski. “We always talk about blighted communities and the effect that they have and that’s good. But when you can give back and actually help people that are impacted by catastrophe in a tangible way, it creates more good will."