The American Red Cross has awarded $500,000 and Volunteer Florida $250,000, respectively, for the organization to provide needed repairs to area homes impacted by Hurricane Irma
TAMPA, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 – Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay (RTTB) is the recipient of two distinct grants, totaling $750,000, intended to aid local residents whose homes sustained damage from 2017’s Hurricane Irma. Respectively, RTTB has received a $500,000 grant from the American Red Cross and $250,000 grant from Volunteer Florida.
The American Red Cross grant will enable RTTB to serve 65 households in need of comprehensive repairs to Hurricane Irma-impacted homes in Hillsborough County..
Through its Disaster Recovery Home Repair program, the Volunteer Florida grant will help RTTB mitigate substandard housing conditions by improving the living conditions of 35 low- and moderate-income families and individuals whose homes were impacted by Hurricane Irma in Hillsborough County. Awarded funds will be allocated towards repair or replacement of roofs, soffit, fascia, and drywall, in addition to preventative work to ensure the homes stay dry, safe, and in livable condition.
“The unmet disaster recovery need in our area continues to be great, especially for our most vulnerable residents,” said RTTB Executive Director, Jose Garcia. “We are extremely grateful to the American Red Cross and Volunteer Florida for their respective financial support, and appreciate the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local residents who remain victims of critical home damage from Hurricane Irma.”
For more information about RTTB and its projects, visit www.rttb.org.
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay (RTTB) 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. For more information, visit www.rttb.org.