On June 26, 2018, HomeAid's BuildAid Houston initiative was awarded a $350,000 grant from the Rebuild Texas Fund to support BuildAid's efforts toward rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey. This grant will allow the initiative to provide new furniture to homeowners who are receiving restoration services from BuildAid builder partners.
The Rebuild Texas Fund was launched just days after Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas communities. A collaborative project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation, the initiative is dedicated to the economic recovery of hard-hit Texas communities. Funded organizations such as BuildAid Houston, play a critical role as rebuilding continues in the community.
“We are grateful for the Rebuild Texas Fund’s dedication and passion for rebuilding and revitalizing communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said Chris Yuko, director of BuildAid Houston. “Through this generous grant, we will be able to work closely with homeowners to replace furniture after their homes have been restored." As a result of the Rebuild Texas Fund grant, a partnership between BuildAid and Gallery Furniture will allow BuildAid homeowners to purchase furniture at a discount.
BuildAid provides full home repair services to homeowners across the Houston area who experienced flooding due to Hurricane Harvey. Homeowners who have met the pre-qualification requirements will be matched with experienced builder members of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) who will walk them through a finish selection process. 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 will provide a detailed, line item estimate of the rebuild and will manage the construction process from beginning to end.
“We are excited to give BuildAid this grant to continue our collective mission of helping communities rebuild after Hurricane Harvey,” said Neeraj Aggerwal, director of Rebuild Texas Fund. “We know that rebuilding requires strong, creative partners from business, government, non-profit and philanthropy working together, and are excited to see how BuildAid positively impacts the community.”
The Rebuild Texas Fund supports organizations across all five regions impacted by Hurricane Harvey and that provide services in six focus areas: community and economic development; health; housing; education and childcare; transportation and workforce; and capital for rebuilding small businesses.
For more information, to apply for a Rebuild Texas Fund grant, or to learn more about how you can help our neighbors in need, please visit www.rebuildtx.org.