Record rainfall during Hurricane Harvey has affected every area of Greater Houston in one way or another. HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), recognized the impact this crisis could have on the 46 construction projects the organization has either built or remodeled for homeless care providers that house men, women, families and veterans.
HomeAid contacted the agencies they have served over the past 14 years, as well as agencies that are being considered for construction projects in 2018. Reports began coming in that roofs were leaking in several of them. Responding to this crisis, generous GHBA members were on board immediately with donations through the HomeAid website, to help initiate the repairs.
HomeAid moved quickly to contact Kendall McDermott, Director of Marketing and Sales for RoofTec, a GHBA member and HomeAid board member, to ask for assistance. The response was immediate and the repair work is now on the RoofTec schedule with repairs to begin in the next week or two.
Donations continue to come in through the website from both GHBA members as well as other Houstonians who are eager to help this vulnerable population. This has allowed HomeAid to expand their outreach to an additional 26 homeless care providers that are part of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County. As of this publication, requests are continuing to come in for needed repairs.
"Our partnership with RoofTec set the wheels in motion for launching much-needed repairs for our homeless care providers," said Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid. "We will be looking for further opportunities to serve Houston’s homeless community, as more needs are identified."
HomeAid was started in 2003, and the first shelter was dedicated in 2005. Since then, 46 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.
"We are so honored and fortunate to work with an organization that has stepped up during this time to provide support and relief," said McDermott. "We feel privileged to have the resources to assist and work with HomeAid Houston as we share in their mission " to build new lives for homeless families and individuals though community outreach"."