A federal tax credit program, a state grant funded through a national mortgage settlement and the generosity of several local businesses are jumpstarting CASA’s new100-bed domestic violence shelter.

The shelter, which will be constructed in the Lealman area of Pinellas County, will allow CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) to triple the amount of victims of domestic violence it currently serves, said Linda Osmundson, executive director.

HSN Cares, the philanthropic arm of St. Petersburg-based interactive multi-channel retailer HSN, donated $100,000, becoming the first donor to CASA’s Sunshine and Hope Capital Campaign. Real estate and environmental attorneys from Carlton Fields donated about $50,000 worth of legal fees, while Jonathan Moore of InVision Advisors and Pete Karamitsanis of Lighthouse Advisors partnered as owners’ representatives, providing services valued at about $180,000, Osmundson said. Wannemacher Jensen Architects cuts fees by about 20 percent and Creative Contractors Inc. also discounted fees for the project. Fifth Third Bank is providing a bridge loan.

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