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A message from HomeAid Houston President, Patrick Mayhan

Dear Friends of HomeAid Houston,

I am proud to write that in 2018, HomeAid’s 15th anniversary, we reached a significant milestone by initiating our 50th project. Fifty projects in 15 years! Fifty projects that are changing the lives and in some cases, saving the lives of men, women, children, families and veterans. Fifty projects that have added over 400 beds to our community. What makes this even more remarkable is that HomeAid’s focus in 2018 was influenced by the life-altering event of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. Our team rose to the challenges of developing and initiating the re-build program BuildAid that currently has, as of this report, over 200 homes completed or in the pipeline. Last year, like all the years before, our board of directors and staff remained steadfast in our mission to transform the lives of Houston’s homeless, no matter the circumstances.


Who We Are

HomeAid Houston, a charity sponsored by the Greater Houston Builders Association, is one of 19 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 transformed 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.

At the completion of our 50th project, the duplexes at Gracewood, HomeAid will have added $13.5 million in real estate to Houston’s homeless community, including $6.8 million worth of donated materials and labor from generous GHBA builders and their trades. These projects have provided beds for more than 20,000 homeless men, women, children and veterans in our city.


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

Gracewood

Builder Captain David Weekley Homes

HomeAid is scheduled to dedicate four beautiful duplexes for homeless mothers and children in May, 2019. HomeAid partnered with Builder Captain David Weekley Homes, to construct the first four of eight duplexes that are part of Gracewood’s Next Step Project. These duplexes will offer housing for mothers who need additional time to complete education or certification programs. The Next Step Project expansion will allow Gracewood to serve up to 31 families.





In Development





HomeAid Care
projects which are smaller in scope:

Crossroads at Park Place

The GHBA’s Remodelers Council and Custom Builders Council joined forces in 2018, to restore shower facilities and build additional shower capacity for this agency that provides day services for the chronically homeless.

Wellsprings Village

The GHBA’s Remodelers Council performed maintenance and remodeling of these cottages for homeless women, built on the Wellsprings’ campus in 2006 by HomeAid.

HomeAid has two HomeAid Care
projects planned for 2019:

Crossroads

HomeAid continues to support this agency, as it relocates to a new campus.



A Caring Safe Place

HomeAid will be working on Lydia’s Place, a housing center for men who are recovering from alcohol/drug addiction and are HIV positive.




Fundraising

2018 was a good year for fundraising, with our Development Committee and staff raising a total of $681,000, slightly over budget.

Our three ongoing fundraising projects were our twelfth annual Charity Golf Tournament “Driving Out Homelessness,” our twelfth annual Project Playhouse and our 10th annual HALO luncheon. These events were extremely successful in terms of generating proceeds, creating awareness and having fun!

Gross revenue from the golf tournament were 12% under budget, at $79,000, while the Ashton Woods’ Project Playhouse “hit a home run” with $98,000 in gross revenues. Our HALO (HomeAid’s Amazing Ladies Organization) luncheon continues to grow, reaching an all-time high of $130,000 in gross revenues.


2018 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 commit to donate a specific amount per home sale, lot sale or product sale. During the seventh year of “Heroes,” HomeAid raised $49,000.

The GHBA’s Benefit Homes Project gave a gift to HomeAid of $135,500 thanks to builder/developer teams Highland Homes/ Land Tejas and Taylor Morrison.

This GHBA fundraiser is HomeAid’s largest financial contributor. Overall, HomeAid has received nearly $700,000 from the Benefit Homes Project.

Grant Writing

HomeAid continues to see income from grant and foundation activity, raising $40,000.


Marketing

2018 was another spectacular year in our public relations efforts. HomeAid continued its 15th year in the Houston Chronicle with coverage on a near-weekly schedule in the Real Estate section with additional online coverage. Additional print coverage included a monthly two-page spread 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. HomeAid also participated in numerous television and radio newscasts.

OUTFRONT Media kept three billboards, created by On Target! Marketing & Advertising Agency and BrivicMedia, in rotation for us throughout 2018 in various locations. In addition, Perfect Image Signs provided beautiful signage for HomeAid.

Project Playhouse

Project Playhouse has become a “fixture” and quite possibly a legend at the Houston Astros games at Minute Maid Park during a 4 to 6 week period in the summer. In 2018, Ashton Woods,

led by Division President Paul Sims, constructed the School House of Inspiration that was popular with both children and adults. The playhouse was showcased during 10 home games and projected on the Astros’ Jumbotron before the games. We were pleased to have been invited back to Minute Maid Park for 2019 and beyond.