January 23, 2017

 HomeAid Heroes is a unique program that offers GHBA builders, developers, remodelers, mortgage companies, title companies and trades an opportunity to give to HomeAid Houston to help fund smaller construction projects that better the lives of the homeless community.  By donating a pre-set amount per transaction, whether it’s the sale of a home, a lot, a window or the closing of a mortgage, the funds are applied to the renovation of care provider agencies that can include kitchens, baths, bedrooms, in-take areas, new storage areas and the list goes on.

“These companies and individuals who make generous contributions are our HomeAid Heroes,” explained Salty Thomason, president of HomeAid.  “They continue to raise the bar throughout the industry with their unwavering commitment and support to better the lives of men, women children and veterans.”

The Heroes Program has grown rapidly since it began in 2014.  Many of the HomeAid Heroes have been supporting the program since its inception.   This support has made it possible for HomeAid to initiate three projects in 2017.  They are a renovation of A Caring Safe Place, a non profit that provides crisis intervention services to HIV-infected and affected individuals, who are also victims of drug abuse, abandonment and neglect, with Builder Captain Sandcastle Homes; the renovation of the "caretaker's cottage” for Freedom Place, a shelter for victims of sex trafficking with Builder Captain TBD, and the renovation of two homes for at risk/homeless youth for Agape Development with the GHBA’s Remodelers Council leading the construction.

Heores who are on board for 2017 include 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, Andy Taylor - Realtor, ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, BMC, Brighton Homes, Builders Post-Tension, Century Communities, Inc., Chesmar Homes, Concept Engineers, Inc., DataSmart/Duncan Security, Eklektik Interiors, Greymark Construction, Homes by David Powers, Long Lake Ltd., Loyd Russell Homes, M Street Homes, Mainland Stoneworks, Newmark Homes, Ryko Development, Stanley Sales, TARACORP, Taylor Morrison/Darling Homes, Trendmaker Homes and Winfrey Design Build.

"I became a HomeAid Hero because I strongly believe in the work HomeAid is doing," said Kathy Anderson, owner of Eklektik Interiors.  "The agency changes people’s lives for the better. Houston is a city with a big heart…we need to take care of our own. It’s called Paying It Forward!"

HomeAid was started in 2003 and the first shelter was dedicated in 2005.  Since then, 42 projects have been completed, adding over 437 beds and 12.6 million dollars in real estate construction and improvements to Houston’s homeless community.  Annually, HomeAid's projects serve over 5000 homeless men, women, children and veterans in Houston