Area residents and volunteers repaired nearly 40 homes in Tampa’s historic Sulphur Springs neighborhood on April 30
TAMPA, Fla. (Wednesday, May 4, 2016) – More than 300 local volunteers joined residents of Tampa’s historic Sulphur Springs neighborhood on Saturday, April 30, to repair and revitalize nearly 40 homes during the 2016 National Rebuild Day event sponsored by Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay (RTTB).
The event was part of the ongoing transformation of Sulphur Springs that RTTB is undertaking as part of its Building a Healthier Sulphur Springs Project. First implemented in 2014 by RTTB to help rejuvenate Sulphur Springs, one of Tampa’s most distressed neighborhoods, the program is a comprehensive community revitalization effort that provides immediate quality-of-life improvements to homeowners and tenants in need.
“This year’s National Rebuild Day far exceeded our expectations,” said Tampa City Council Chairman Mike Suarez. “It’s astonishing to see what can be accomplished when we all work together for the betterment of the community. This has truly made a difference for the residents of Sulphur Springs and the entire Tampa area,” Suarez said.
Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey said of the National Rebuild Day event, “It was vital for me to attend and represent Pasco County to add a regional perspective for the important work being done today. Poverty does not know county boundaries. When one of us succeeds, we all succeed in making our communities better places for our citizens to work and to live.”
In a surprise announcement, Vanessa McCleary, Housing and Community Development Manager for the City of Tampa, notified RTTB that the organization has been named the recipient of 18 vacant lots for the development of new single family homes and $1,000,000 in Neighborhood Stabilization Funds to launch this effort and carry the redevelopment of Sulphur Springs further.
Program speakers at the event included: RTTB Board President Carol Austin, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Senator Arthenia Joyner, Representative Ed Narain, Councilman Frank Reddick, and Chloe Coney, representing Congresswoman Kathy Castor.
Also attending the event were the following elected officials: Representative Amanda Murphy, Tampa City Council Chairman Mike Suarez, Commissioner Kevin Beckner, Councilman Charlie Miranda, and Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey.
Volunteers improved nearly 40 homes in Sulphur Springs by providing the households with Healthy Home Kits, exterior painting, landscaping and neighborhood improvements. Healthy Home Kits provided inexpensive products and tools to immediately improve the health, safety, and energy efficiency within each household. Volunteers worked with tenants to install the kits.
This project was made possible with the help of 43 local partners and sponsors.
For more information about RTTB and its projects, visit www.rttb.org.
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades for homeowners in need. RTTB primarily works with low-income families, veterans, the elderly, victims of disasters and persons with disabilities. The organization also rehabilitates donated homes that are then sold to those in need of affordable housing. RTTB relies on the support of corporate sponsors, public grants, individual donors, and the hands-on work of hundreds of volunteers and skilled labor each year. Founded in 2000, RTTB has rehabilitated more than 500 homes in the Tampa Bay area, providing a total value of more than $4 million in improvements. More information is available at www.rttb.org.