Mayor Sylvester Turner declared March 19, 2019 "BuildAid Houston Day”, as he recently presented BuildAid with a City of Houston Proclamation at a ceremony held at City Hall in the Council Chambers. The proclamation lauded BuildAid’s accomplishments post Hurricane Harvey as a HomeAid/Greater Houston Builders Association initiative fostered by David Weekley through the David Weekley Family Foundation. This proclamation was sponsored by Council Member Karla Cisneros from District H.
BuildAid provides assistance to low income homeowners whose homes were devastated by the floods and had no insurance. Once pre-qualified, these homeowners are matched with experienced builder members of 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 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 manages the construction process from beginning to end.
At the ceremony, Mayor Turner also acknowledged the $5.5M grant BuildAid received early-on from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (HHRF) and a $350,000 grant from the Rebuild Texas Fund. The HHRF was established by Mayor Turner and former Harris County Judge Emmett and was administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
The GHBA builders who have or are currently involved with the restoration process were also named along with additional financial supporters. The builders are David Weekley Homes, Partners in Building, Chesmar Homes, Colina Homes, Sandcastle Homes and Taylor Morrison/Darling Homes. Independent builders are Omar Guzman and Alex Velasquez. Additional financial supporters are 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.
Chris Yuko, director of BuildAid, spoke to the Mayor and Houston City Council on behalf of BuildAid, HomeAid and the GHBA. “BuildAid Houston is deeply appreciative of this award,” he said. “It has been an honor to work with the homeowners of Houston and surrounding areas to ensure they rebuild both their homes and their lives after such a devastating event. It has also been an honor to work with the builder teams from the GHBA who have taken time from their organizations to help in this recovery."
At the conclusion of Chris Yuko's comments, the ceremony wrapped up with Council members Mike Knox, At-Large Position 1; Greg Travis, District G and Dwight Boykins, District D addressing the BuildAid representatives and chambers. All three recognized the commitment, vision and success that BuildAid has maintained since the initiative was formed after Harvey.
To-date BuildAid has completed 74 homes with 56 homes under construction. There are approximately 75 homes past application and on the path to construction, with new applications in the pipeline.