HomeAid Houston is a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), that builds transformational housing for Houston's homeless. The agency recently reported they had achieved their 2017 goals. "As of the end of last year," said Bill Dalton, president of HomeAid, "we have completed 47 projects that have added and/or improved 200,600 square feet of real estate in the homeless community. The retail value of these HomeAid projects is $12.7 million, with $6,600,000 having been donated by generous GHBA members. This resulted in a 52% average savings for the care providers."
Each year HomeAid's projects serve approximately 5000 homeless people. Since 2005, when HomeAid's first project was dedicated, the agency has provided nights of sleep for over 22,000 people. "We have added 437 beds to Houston's homeless community," added Dalton, "and our projects have impacted an additional 1051 beds which enables agencies who provide beds for the homeless, to do their jobs more efficiently and in healing surroundings."
These impressive numbers and HomeAid's mission, "to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach", fuels the momentum HomeAid is bringing into 2018.
This year HomeAid has committed to several major construction projects. On the calendar for 2018 is the completion of an 8100 sq. ft. cottage for the homeless children of Boys and Girls Country, with Builder Captain Lennar/Village Builders. The agency is also launching construction of a 4000 sq ft. day center for homeless families in Humble for Family Promise of Lake Houston, with Builder Captain First America Homes, a division of the Signorelli Co., and the construction of four duplexes for the homeless mothers and children of Gracewood, with Builder Captain David Weekley Homes.
HomeAid also leads HomeAid Care projects that are smaller in scope. This year HomeAid will partner with the GHBA's Remodelers Council to make repairs at the Crossroads at Park Place shelter. This agency provides a safe haven where the homeless and individuals living in poverty within the area, are provided a meal, showers and the opportunity to wash clothes. Crossroads also provides assistance in finding housing, employment, counseling and healthcare.
HomeAid Houston is highlighting its 15th anniversary with their "50 in 15" celebration. "We will be completing 50 projects by the end of 2018," said Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid. "The dedication of our board, GHBA partners and volunteers to end homelessness, has been the driving force behind our incredible numbers, and we can't thank them enough for all they do."