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Dear Friends of HomeAid Houston,

To say that 2017 was a year to remember in Houston, Texas can’t even begin to describe it. For HomeAid, 2017 was a year of many goals accomplished, new records set and first-ever initiatives launched. It was also a time when the board of directors, the staff and the members of the Greater Houston Builders Association worked together to “weather the storm” of Harvey and its after-effects and, more than ever, we stood together as proud citizens of Houston.


Who We Are

HomeAid Houston, a charity sponsored by the Greater Houston Builders Association, is one of 17 chapters of the national organization, HomeAid. With the mission to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach, HomeAid Houston was established in 2003 to work with Houston homeless care providers to build and renovate shelters that transform lives. By partnering with GHBA builders, remodelers, developers and suppliers, HomeAid Houston is able to effectively multiply the impact of gifts provided by generous donors.

Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has completed over 47 projects that added $12.8 million in real estate to Houston’s homeless community, and provided beds for more than 20,000 homeless men, women and children in our city.

As we watched 2017 unfold, the core values of HomeAid became even more relevant:


Every individual has
worth and human dignity

and deserves the basic provision
of shelter as a necessity of life.

Most homeless people
do not want to be homeless

and will respond with self-initiative to
improve themselves if given the opportunity.

We, as citizens of this nation, state and city, have a
civic and moral responsibility to better
the lives of our fellow Houstonians

by sharing with them the gifts and talents we possess.




Major New Construction Projects

Boys and Girls Country: Hamill Cottage

This 8100 square foot building was under construction in 2017 with Builder Captain Lennar/Village Builders and in partnership with many GHBA vendors and trades. The beautiful new home includes a bedroom and bathroom for each child, along with an attached apartment for both the “teaching parents” and the “relief parents.” A dedication is planned for first quarter 2018.

"The Lennar/Village Builders team has been fortunate enough to get to know the wonderful boys who will be living in this cottage. These boys have displayed a strong work ethic, positive attitude and gratitude that have had a lasting impact on all of us. We are proud to share this experience with our partner, HomeAid Houston."

Cindy Hinson, Director of Community Affairs for Lennar/Village Builders


Family Promise of Lake Houston with Builder Captain First America Homes, an affiliate of the Signorelli Companies

Construction of a 4500 square foot Family Day Center that will provide homeless families a place to come for care and services. Breaking ground in 2018.

Gracewood with Builder Captain
David Weekley Homes

Construction of four duplexes for homeless
mothers and children. Breaking ground in 2018.

"First America Homes, a division of the Signorelli Company, is extremely honored to be partnering with HomeAid to build the new Family Day Center for Family Promise of Lake Houston. Theirs is a truly worthwhile and noble charity and we are excited to be able to help them as the build captain for this project in their mission to serve those in need in our area."

Dave Barnhart, Signorelli Company




HomeAid Care projects which are smaller in scope:

A Caring Safe Place with Builder Captain
Sandcastle Homes

A remodel project for an agency that provides crisis intervention services and housing for men living with HIV who are also victims of drug abuse, abandonment and abuse.

Agape Development with Builder Captain
GHBA’s Remodelers Council

Renovation of two existing homes that provide young men and women safe, nurturing living spaces as they transition into stable, healthy adulthood.

Freedom Place with Builder Captain
Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling
and First American Fire Protection

The project provided the equipment and labor to install a fire suppression system that was required for the Freedom Place “next step” cottage. Freedom Place offers Christ-centered care and recovery for underage female victims rescued from sex trafficking.

Casa de Esperanza de los Niños with Builder
Captain GHBA’s Custom Builders Council

Once again, the GHBA’s Custom Builders Council partnered with HomeAid to renovate one of the houses that provide a safe and loving home for homeless children, ages birth to 6. HomeAid Houston and the GHBA’s CBC were honored in 2017 as Casa’s “Volunteer Group of the Year.”

HomeAid has three HomeAid Care
projects planned for 2018:

CROSSROADS AT PARK PLACE – a joint project of the GHBA’s Remodelers Council and the Custom Builders Council, to restore their shower facilities and build additional showers.

WELLSPRINGS VILLAGE – perform maintenance and remodeling of the cottages built on the Wellspings’ campus in 2006, with the GHBA’s Remodelers Council.

Our major new construction and remodeling projects continue to operate with a 30 - 40% donation rate and our HomeAid Care projects are showing donation rates of nearly 50%. In addition, HomeAid donates $10,000 per HomeAid Care project to cover labor and materials.




Fundraising

2017 was a record breaking year for fundraising with our Development Committee and staff, raising a total of $724,000, 15% over budget and an increase of 38% over prior year’s budget.

Our three ongoing fundraising projects - our Eleventh Annual Charity Golf Tournament “Driving Out Homelessness,” our Eleventh Annual Project Playhouse and our HALO luncheon - were extremely successful in terms of generating proceeds, creating awareness and having fun!

Gross proceeds from the golf tournament were over budget, at $81,000, while Taylor Morrison/Darling Homes’ Project Playhouse completely “knocked it out of the park” with a record-breaking $106,830 in gross revenues. Our HALO luncheon also reached an all time high, grossing $123,000.




Fundraising continued

2017 saw the continuation of our fundraising initiative, “HomeAid Heroes.” This program enables builders, developers, real estate agents, and associates to rally behind HAH as they committed to donate a specific amount per home sale, lot sale or product sale. During the sixth year of “Heroes,” HomeAid raised $64,000.

The GHBA’s Benefit Homes Project gave a gift to HomeAid of $122,700 thanks to builder/developer teams Chesmar Homes and Newland Communities, and Trendmaker Homes and Rise Communities. Regarding grant writing, HomeAid continues to see significant income from grant and foundation activity, raising $116,600 in 2017.

Marketing

2017 was another banner year for our public relations efforts, with HomeAid being featured on radio and television. Our print coverage continued to grow, with almost weekly mentions in the HOME section of the Houston Chronicle, our monthly two page article in the Houston Builder magazine, and periodic mentions in the Houston Business Journal. In addition, articles about HomeAid appeared in various local community newspapers, magazines and in the quarterly Texas Association of Builders’ publication Texas Builder as well as a weekly online presence where articles were picked up by multiple media outlets.

OUTFRONT Media kept three billboards, created by On-Target! Marketing & Advertising Agency and BrivicMedia, in rotation for us throughout 2017 in various locations. In addition, Perfect Image Signs provided beautiful signage for HomeAid.

Project Playhouse benefitted from the championship season of our World Series winners, the Houston Astros! HomeAid’s relationship with the Astros continued to flourish in 2017, with our playhouse constructed by Taylor Morrision and Darling Homes, showcased at Minute Maid Park for 11 home games in the summer and projected on the Astros’ Jumbotron before the games. We were pleased to have been invited back to Minute Maid Park for 2018 and beyond.

A new Community Outreach committee launched in 2017 giving volunteers and supporters opportunities to serve our homeless community through a partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County and their “The Way Home” program.











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