HomeAid Houston's Hurricane Harvey rebuild initiative, BuildAid is providing assistance to homeowners whose homes were devastated by the floods. Once pre-qualified through an online form on the BuildAid website, www.buildaidhouston.org, these homeowners will be matched with experienced builder members of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) who will walk them through a finish selection process and the actual remodeling.
The scope of services provided to a homeowner varies by household, but typically includes the following cost categories: insulation/drywall/tape/float/texture/paint, cabinetry, countertops, millwork & trim, door hardware, plumbing, kitchen and bathroom tile, pre and post-construction inspections and final clean. The builder provides a detailed, line item estimate of the rebuild and will manage the construction process from beginning to end.
One homeowner who experienced two and a half feet of water in their Katy area home, learned about BuildAid through their homeowner's association. Fredrick and Alta Hodges never dreamed they would be ferried from their home in a rubber raft by the Coast Guard, along with dozens of their neighbors. On August 28th, three days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the Hodges boarded the raft and left the area for 10 days before returning to find they had lost everything on the first floor. "That was the worst part," said Hodges. "Knowing our house flooded and we couldn't get in to assess right away. There was going to be a mold problem and we worried about that more than anything else."
Volunteers from a local church assisted in removing the wet materials from their home, but the question of how to move forward from there was overwhelming. Through their HOA, the Hodges were introduced to Chris Yuko, director of BuildAid and to SBP, a disaster relief organization who identifies areas in need. "The Hodges were the ideal candidate for this initiative," said Yuko. "They were quickly approved and matched with a David Weekley Home builder to begin the construction.
Construction has moved quickly for the Hodges and their home will soon be completed.
BuildAid was recently selected as a recipient of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (HHRF) and presented with a grant for $5.5 million. HHRF was established by Houston's Mayor Turner and Harris County Judge Emmett and is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. In addition to David Weekley Homes, BuildAid construction partners include Taylor Morrison, Partners in Building, Trendmaker Homes and Chesmar Homes. Financial supporters include Newmark Homes, Holcomb Properties, Land Tejas Development Company, the Perry Homes Foundation, the David Weekley Family Foundation, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church and the Brad Williams Family.
HomeAid Houston is a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association that builds transformational housing for the homeless. The agency has 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.