Monthly Archives: December 2015

2015 Year In Review

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 has been a busy and wonderful year for Project Raise The Roof

  • We prevented 7 families’ homes from becoming LRA property.
  • We turned 4 families into homeowners.
  • We assisted 5 buyers in using tax auction laws [originally intended to be stacked against them] in their favor.
  • We educated over 2 dozen homeowners on paying their property taxes, helped them with documentation, transportation, and navigating municipal processes, and kept their homes off the auction block.
  • We gave a property to a local charity which focuses on empowering economically/educationally disadvantaged families.
  • We are still working to retain homes for 2 clients…and the effort resumes the moment City Hall opens on Monday, 01/04/16.
  • And all of the above was accomplished with an all-volunteer crew and less than $5,000 in donations!

All thanks to your involvement and generosity!  Project Raise The Roof is awed by our outstanding volunteers, supporters, and donors.  Although we weren’t able to help every single family who needed us, we look forward to doing even more community outreach in 2016!  Thank you to everyone—in the City, the County, and across the country—who has supported our mission in any way.  After all, it takes a village to rebuild a city.  Much love to STL, and Happy New Year from PRTR!


Given A Chance Is Given A Property

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Today, Project Raise The Roof gave a property to Given A Chance, a local 501(c)3 organization formed to help underprivileged teenagers, families, and young men and women build character and reach their full potential, to mold them into the future leaders of our society.  PRTR and GAC will be working together to transform the space into a computer lab and tutoring center with around-the-clock mentors for troubled teens, struggling students, and young parents who want something more than just a daycare for their children.  We look forward to bringing this project to life!  Happy holidays from Project Raise The Roof and Given A Chance, Inc.!

Sam Works Hard to Keep His House

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Our Army Iraq veteran, Sam, had a few hours with the kids before he went into work at 5pm today. So he took his sons along to help him with an emergency vehicle repair to earn some money for his back taxes. He showed the boys how to replace brake pads/calipers and bleed the lines.  Since then, several people have requested Sam’s on-site* mechanical expertise.  Sam must have his entire tax payment of $947 before January 14, 2016 in order to keep his house from the LRA.  If you’d like to make a donation or have a job for him, please text or call PRTR at 314.467.0127 or e-mail our executive director at [email protected] for Sam’s contact information.

(Please note: Donations made to assist with real estate taxes are not tax-deductible. Also, on-site repairs work best if you live on a low-traffic street, or have a yard or driveway where the work can be done safely and without inconveniencing your neighbors.)