St. Petersburg City Council approves Community Contribution Tax Credit to benefit Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay

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At the St. Petersburg City Council meeting held January 12, 2012, the council voted unanimously to approve the Community Contribution Tax Credit, allowing an additional 50 percent state tax credit for those who make contributions to the Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay organization.

Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay (RTTB) reports that its purpose is to repair homes of those in need. And that it intends to preserve and revitalize houses and communities, in the Tampa Bay Area, assuring that low-income homeowners live in warmth, safety and independence.

From the RTTB website: “Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay was formed in 2000 in response to the increasing need for residential housing rehabilitation programs to improve living conditions for very low and low income families, especially those of senior citizens and persons with disabilities. RTTB’s goal is to preserve affordable homeownership and reduce substandard housing through working partnership with corporations and county and city governments. RTTB was born out of a fundamental belief that all people deserve to live in safe and decent housing. RTTB assists existing low-income homeowners by providing necessary repairs free of charge.”

According to RTTB spokesman Mario Farias regarding the city approved Community Contribution Tax Credit, “We are using this to entice more corporations to donate to RTTB in their mission to rehab the homes of low income home owners. Our focus is always to help the elderly, disabled and veterans in making their homes safe, healthier and more energy efficient. RTTB is a great organization. We have some big plans for the Campbell Park area in 2012.”

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