VIBE Home Makeover Announces ‘Special Consideration’ Nomination Groups

VIBE Home Makeover is excited to announce that we have finalized the selection of ‘Special Consideration’ nomination groups for our inaugural VIBE Home Makeover for Tampa Bay 2022-23. While we are accepting applications from all demographic and income levels, special consideration will be given to four segments or groups, especially those that we have deemed to have provided service above and beyond, including during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


1. NURSES + FIRST RESPONDERS. May include many health care workers or those in the medical field. First responders include police, firefighters, paramedics, and EMT personnel.


2. TEACHERS + EDUCATORS. May include full-time teachers in public schools or nonpublic schools. Teaching assistants and staff may also fall into this special consideration group.


3. MILITARY FAMILIES. Includes active or retired service members, disabled veterans, or military families with children.


4. FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN. Includes any health challenges of children, including long-term or short-term issues. Consideration is also given to those who may have special challenges with one or more parents, or adult children.



We are seeking a family, couple, or single person-in-need. For those families who are NOT considered part of our ‘Special Consideration’ nomination groups, household income guidelines are no more than 300% of federal poverty level ($83,250 for a family of four). For those that MAY be included in our ‘Special Consideration’ groups, income may exceed the 300% guideline. Simply, the greater need a nominee family may have, the lesser the focus on the income guidelines may become.


Candidates for the VIBE Home Makeover must be a Florida homeowner, residing in Hillsborough, Pinellas, or Pasco county. Our first-year ‘Holiday Edition’ home makeover improvements will be completed during a 12-day community-build timeline, October 30 through November 11, 2023. One family-in-need will be selected to receive a $150,000 VIBE designer makeover where more than 20 exterior and interior improvements will be made by our showcase partners. Major upgrades may include exterior and interior painting, landscaping, A/C and heating, new flooring, kitchen cabinets, countertops, appliances, bathrooms, furniture, and electronics.


In addition, depending on the family’s needs, other improvements may include smart home technology, lighting, ceiling fans, closets, windows, window treatments, solar, whole home generator, security system, water purification, patio enclosure, outdoor patio furniture, and lawn care equipment.


In addition to these improvements, the ’Holiday Edition’ makeovers include holiday decorations and lights that make their home sparkle for the season for years to come! Our volunteers decorate their home in the spirit of the holiday, blending new with existing family holiday treasures. Depending on the recipient’s wishes, these may include a new fully-decorated Christmas tree; cheerful interior lights and holiday décor; exterior lighting; and outdoor themed displays and inflatables. We will strive to combine our new holiday décor (that the family will keep) with their existing holiday decorations and traditions.


Funding for VIBE Home Makeovers originates from project partners, who contribute financial resources, home related products, and employee volunteer support.


Visit the VIBE Home Makeover website at www.vibehomemakeover.com for updates on the status on the nomination process and how to request a nomination application.


For additional information, please visit our website www.VibeHomeMakeover.com or call 941.867.2300.


Barbara A. Zotara

Senior Managing Director

VIBE Home Makeover | Trilogy Agency

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