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ROOF Receives Grant from Wells Fargo

Residential Options of Florida (ROOF) is pleased to announce it has received a $7,000 grant from Wells Fargo. The grant will provide support for operations and relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds 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.

Grant funds will allow ROOF to continue to provide supported-living homes at an affordable rate despite the extremely low-income status of residents. Many of ROOF’s residents rely solely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is only $783 per month. ROOF provides rental assistance so that adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can afford to live independently.

“Affordability is important for people with developmental disabilities because they often have difficulty securing competitive employment,” said Sheryl Soukup, CFRE, Executive Director of ROOF. “We create affordable housing options for people with disabilities and provide case management for our residents to help them increase their self-sufficiency. These services empower residents to live independently in the community. Community partners such as Wells Fargo make ROOF’s work possible, and we are so grateful for their support.”

ROOF was founded in 2014 with a vision that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have an abundance of housing choices in communities across Florida. Since 2014, ROOF has engaged with the Southwest Florida communities to increase affordable housing opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

“We are proud to support ROOF because it provides critical support to help some of Florida’s most vulnerable residents,” said Wells Fargo Region Bank President, Jeff Ospina. “ROOF’s mission aligns with Wells Fargo’s commitment to address the housing affordability crisis. As part of that commitment to help keep people in their homes, Wells Fargo donated $175 million across the U.S. to support economic recovery for communities, small businesses and vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19.”