April 11, 2016

HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), is one of 16 chapters of the national organization, HomeAid.  HomeAid Houston was established in 2003 to work with Houston homeless care providers to build and renovate transformational shelters. By partnering with GHBA builders, remodelers, developers and suppliers, HomeAid Houston is able to effectively multiply the impact of gifts provided by generous donors.

HomeAid Houston continues to develop projects throughout the year.  A team of dedicated board members, led by HomeAid Executive Director, Bette Moser is always searching for agencies who provide care for all aspects of the homeless population of Houston.  "Our goal," said Moser, "is to build or remodel beautiful state-of-the-art, durable and safe buildings for agencies that serve mothers and children seeking safety from domestic violence, male and female veterans, teens who have aged out of foster care, abandoned children, men recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, and homeless families."

Since its inception in 2003, HomeAid projects have ranged from $5000 to $3.2 million, depending on the needs of the homeless care provider.  "It isn't always easy to connect with an agency that has realized the full scope of their needs, or one that fits HomeAid's mission which is "building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach." Though our mission gives us broad latitude to engage in building projects across the entire Continuum of Care including emergency shelters, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing," Moser explained, "every agency we support must provide services that help residents move toward self-sufficiency.  These services can include education, job skills training and physical and emotional support."

Homeless care agencies are vetted carefully by the HomeAid board.   Once a project has been selected, a Builder or Remodeler Captain is recruited from the GHBA membership.  That company donates their construction management services, profit and overhead and they work with their trades to get donations of labor and materials.  "Working with HomeAid can save a homeless care agency 30% to 50% of the retail cost of a project," Moser said.

HomeAid is planning several potential projects for 2016.  A project that is currently underway is an 8100 sq. ft. cottage that will house eight children from families in crisis, for Boys and Girls Country in Hockley, Texas  Partners in Building was quick to come on board as the builder captain.   This building, named the Joanne H. Watford Cottage will also house married "Teaching Parents" (and any children they may have), and two single Teaching Parents who raise these children as their own.  Education is a major priority and focus for the kids and staff. 

"HomeAid Houston has completed 36 construction projects for homeless agencies, totaling over $10 million in real estate value since 2003," said Moser. "And, we have added more than 400 beds to Houston's homeless community.  We are reaching out to homeless care agencies who meet our parameters, to let us help you change the lives of those whom you serve."

For more information about HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.