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ROOF Receives a $5,000 Grant from Truist

Residential Options of Florida (ROOF) received a $5,000 grant from Truist Financial Corporation through its Truist Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund at The Winston-Salem Foundation. The funding will support ROOF’s new development, Independence Place Bayshore. This is ROOF’s third home in Immokalee and fourth home in Collier County.

The 348,000 square-foot home will house two individuals with developmental disabilities and their caregiver. The two-bedroom, two-bath home will be built to ADA standards making it fully accessible to all future residents. ROOF rents its homes as low as $231 a month, allowing individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) to live affordably and independently. ROOF’s resident services coordinator provides service coordination connecting residents to various services in the community, including supported living services, transportation, employment, and benefits planning assistance.

“Housing is the first step toward increased income, self-sufficiency, and long-term stability, all of which can greatly contribute to the quality of life for each of our residents,” said Sheryl Soukup, CFRE, Executive Director of ROOF. “The grant from Truist will allow ROOF to provide an additional housing opportunity for people with disabilities to live in the community and be independent.”

The Truist grant will support ROOF’s mission to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to successfully obtain and maintain affordable and inclusive housing of their choice. All six of ROOF’s current homes are part of a Community Land Trust program, known as ROOF Housing Trust, that ensures the homes will remain affordable and available to people with disabilities in perpetuity. 

“We’re pleased to support ROOF’s new development, Independence Place Bayshore,” said Jim Daly, West Florida regional president at Truist. “Helping to provide affordable housing and stability for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities allows us to fulfill our purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities.”

For more information, please visit www.flroof.org or call 239-774-ROOF (7663).