Homelessness is not a choice. It's not an identity. It is not a failure to work. It is a circumstance... and it is ongoing, affecting many different types of people in our community.
HomeAid Houston, a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization sponsored by the Greater Houston Builders Association, identifies long term, stable homeless care providers who need additional capacity and pairs them with GHBA builders, remodelers, vendors and suppliers who donate their time, materials and labor to help build hope and homes for the homeless.
Visit the web page of HomeAid Houston's largest donor, the Benefit Homes Project, a Greater Houston Builders Association charity to learn more about its history and impact on the community.
Once the flood waters from Hurricane Harvey receded, it was shockingly clear the extent of the damage to houses throughout Houston and surrounding counties. Many homeowners who did not have flood insurance, were powerless to begin recovery. In many situations, families were forced to live in their flooded homes while waiting for assistance or direction, a health risk to say the least. Just a few days after the storm passed, a plan to provide help in the form of construction management was developed called BuildAid, that included a coalition of local builders who are members of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA). These builders are partnering with HomeAid Houston, a GHBA non-profit that builds homeless shelters, Saint Bernard Parish (SBP), a third party disaster preparation and recovery agency, and the David Weekley Family Foundation (DWFF), who is helping to fund the effort. BuildAid is being led by Chris Yuko with DWFF. In April, HomeAid’s BuildAid initiative was awarded a $5.5 million grant from Mayor Turner and Harris County Judge Emmett's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. These funds will enable HomeAid/BuildAid to have a significant affect on hurting homeowners in Harris County/the City of Houston. "BuildAid brings the strength of Houston's homebuilding industry together through a cohesive partnership that accelerates the rebuild process for qualified homeowners," said Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid Houston. "GHBA builder members are managing the reconstruction once homeowners who meet the requirements are approved. The builders partner with their vendors and trades to complete renovations so families can move back into their homes within a few weeks, depending on the amount of work to be done. The $5.5M grant that was so generously bestowed upon this initiative will go a long way in restoring hope to so many in our community." Five builder partners are currently working with BuildAid. They are David Weekley Homes, Partners in Building, Taylor Morison, Chesmar Homes and Trendmaker Homes. BuildAid is a program that can assist hundreds of Houston residents and serve as a model for future disaster relief efforts in the country. Visit the BuildAid website for more information LEARN MORE
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