RTTB Frequently Asked Questions
What is Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay?
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay (RTTB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the lives of Tampa Bay’s most vulnerable communities by providing low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications, energy-efficient upgrades as well as panting and landscaping services.
How is RTTB related to Rebuilding Together, Inc.?
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Inc., the largest non-profit, volunteer home rehabilitation organization in America with 166 affiliates across the country.
What is your mission?
Bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners.
What is the impact of RTTB since its inception in 2000?
- Over 500 homes improved
- A community facility improved
- More than $4 million value of improvements
Why is RTTB needed?
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay strives to improve the lives and homes of low-income homeowners in the Tampa Bay Area. We aim to provide homeowners with repairs that make their homes safer, healthier and more energy-efficient and to provide affordable housing for first time homebuyers. Everyone deserves to live in a home that provides warmth, safety and dignity. We can accomplish this by revitalizing the existing housing stock of our communities, thus bringing forth positive and healthy changes in Tampa Bay.
What services does RTTB provide?
- Home Rehabilitation: including minor repairs and safety modifications such as grab bars, shower seats, raised toilets, smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors and transition ramps. Critical repairs can include urgent roof repairs, heating and air conditioners that are not working and mold issues.
- Healthy Home Kits: Home energy modifications such as weather stripping, caulking around windows and doors, foam insulation added to outlets, etc. The complete list can be found here.
- Building Healthier Neighborhoods: The program goal is to make homes safer, healthier and more energy efficient while providing community revitalization efforts and delivering additional services through partnerships with other non-profits in the neighborhood.
- Construction: include but are not limited to roofing, framing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, flooring, drywall, painting and cabinetry. We also provide new affordable housing opportunities to first time home-buyers through an Affordable Housing program that is currently building new homes all over the Tampa Bay.
How is RTTB managed?
A volunteer Board of Directors is responsible for providing organizational oversight. Our Executive Director, Jose Garcia, and his staff are responsible for managing the organization’s operations and services.
Do you accept donations of used tools, furniture, etc.?
No. In order to make sure that we are providing our clients the best service we must meet safety and energy-efficiency standards that aren’t met by all donated items.
Does RTTB speak to community and civic organizations?
We’re always available to present our story to interested groups. Requests should be submitted to email@example.com.
Where can I go to find out how efficiently you use the financial resources you’re provided?
The most recent annual audit and our annual 990 report to the IRS are available here.
Do I have to belong to a certain organization or religion to receive aid from RTTB?
No. RTTB is an equal opportunity builder and does not discriminate based on ethnicity, sex, gender, religion or creed.
Who is eligible to apply for services?
Eligibility requirements vary slightly for each program, but we typically serve the following low to moderate-income homeowners: the elderly, veterans, families with children, people living with disabilities and victims of disaster. You may apply for services by clicking here.
How are the applicants selected for services?
Applicants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. The condition of their home, income verification and need also factors into our decision.
Who pays for the repairs?
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay can provide services free of charge for low to moderate-income homeowners due to the use of volunteer labor and financial support of corporations, foundations, civic and religious groups. However, if a homeowner has savings set away for rebuilding their home we do ask that they contribute what they are able to in order to offset the costs. Our cost-effective method of rehabilitating the housing stock results in a three-to-one return on each dollar donated.
What do you expect from homeowners if they are selected?
If a home is selected for work, we ask that the homeowner works in partnership with the volunteer team assigned to prioritize and plan the repairs. We also ask that any able-bodied residents of the home, or relatives who live in the area be present to help volunteers with the repairs.
What if I want to sell my home after receiving services?
We do not rebuild homes that will be placed back on the market. Our services are meant to improve the living conditions of homeowners primary residence.
How do I volunteer?
Contact our volunteer coordinator, Jeremy Twachtman at (813) 878-9000 x.2 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You will receive a response within one business day of your initial contact.
What does it cost?
Each project has had costs associated with it so we ask all groups to provide some level of sponsorship. You can refer to the sponsorship matrix here.
Do I need to be an expert?
No. Volunteers with all levels of experience are invited to volunteer with us. If you are experienced, please indicate so on your waiver and inform your on-site house captain when you arrive.
May I work even though I have some physical limitations?
Yes. There are a number of tasks that do not involve strenuous labor. Please advise the volunteer coordinator and on-site house captain of your limitations.
Does RTTB provide food, water and/or transportation?
No. Visiting volunteer groups or individuals will be responsible for providing their own transportation, housing and lunch for each day.
Should I bring my own tools?
It is not necessary to bring any tools. Everything needed for the days work will be provided.
What if I need to cancel my work dates?
We request that you contact the volunteer coordinator at least one week prior to the start of the first work day. We are open Monday through Friday, 8:30a – 5:00p. Since the volunteer administrative fee is allocated toward operations in preparation for your work week, there will be no refund if you are unable to participate.
What if the weather is bad?
In the case of inclement weather, we will make every effort to reassign your group. Since the volunteer management fee is for administrative operations in preparation for your work week, there will not be a refund if you are unable to work due to rain.
Is there any paperwork?
Yes. All volunteers will need to sign a waiver. This will be provided before the workday. Everyone MUST turn in a completed waiver prior to working on a home.