BuildAid, a HomeAid and Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) rebuild initiative for pre-qualified homeowners whose homes flooded because of Hurricane Harvey, has officially launched in partnership with GHBA homebuilders who are providing construction management. These builders are matched with a pre-qualified homeowners and will work directly with them to walk them through the finish selection process that includes flooring, cabinets, countertops and paint.
BuildAid was initiated just days after the storm passed by David Weekley and the David Weekley Family Foundation (DWFF) with a donation of $1 million. In April, a check for $5.5 million was presented to BuildAid from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (HHRF) that was established by Houston's Mayor Turner and Harris County Judge Emmett and is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
BuildAid will use the funds to provide full home repair rebuilds to those homeowners who match the BuildAid requirements. A typical rebuild includes insulation/dry wall, tape/float/texture/paint, cabinets, countertops, floors, doors/trim and bathroom repairs. Saint Bernard Project (SBP), a third party disaster preparation and recovery agency, facilitates the identification of homeowners that match the pre-qualification requirements. These requirements include homes that did not have flood insurance and are valued from $125k - $300k; household income $40k-$125k; homes built in or after 1978 or has a lead-free certification and no deferred maintenance issues; homes located outside of the 100 year flood plain unless funding source allows repairs in this location; owner-occupied and only one home owned; mold certificate obtained and homeowner holds clear title to the property.
BuildAid's GHBA builder partners include David Weekley Homes, Partners in Building, Taylor Morrison, Chesmar Homes, and Trendmaker Homes. The entire team is led by Chris Yuko with DWFF.
“Clearly Hurricane Harvey affected nearly everyone who lives in the Houston area,” said Tom Frank, vice president of operations for Partners in Building. ”When Partners learned about BuildAid through our affiliation with HomeAid Houston, we were honored to take part by donating our construction management to assist in the rebuilding process. It is rewarding to know that by partnering up with BuildAid, we can help others rebuild their lives.”
The initiative was also awarded financial support from 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.
Recently, the first BuildAid home that was completed was celebrated with a "Welcome Home" party for the owner. Guests were on-hand to help mark this significant event that included the builder team, BuildAid, HomeAid and family and friends.
"HomeAid is grateful to so many who have worked hard to make BuildAid an option for our fellow Houstonians who lost so much during Hurricane Harvey," said Bill Dalton, president of HomeAid Houston. "We thank our donors and all of the GHBA members who have provided the construction personnel to make this massive undertaking a reality."