HomeAid to Remodel Covenant House Administration Building
January 20, 2010

HomeAid Houston, a Greater Houston Builders Association Charity is preparing to begin a remodel project that will make much needed improvements to Covenant House Texas (CHT) Crisis Shelter that serves homeless youth ranging in age from 18 – 20. HomeAid Houston helps build transitional housing for individuals facing homelessness.  HomeAid recruits GHBA members to provide donated labor, materials, services and funds to assist in the construction.  Since its inception in 2003, HomeAid has added 360 beds and provided care for approximately 4200 men, women and children. The Covenant House remodel is considered a HomeAid Care Project, i.e. projects that range in cost from $10,000 to $20,000 and can be completed in weeks instead of months.

Covenant House Crisis Shelter serves homeless youth housing an average of 40 to 50 each night.  The youth come voluntarily and no one is turned away.  All individuals are given a medical exam and vocational and psychiatric assessments to determine what additional services are needed. Shelter residents are assigned an advisor who works with the youth, other agencies, and family members to develop a plan that will return the youth to a stable living arrangement and/or independent living.  The shelter is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at no charge.

HomeAid will be remodeling a portion of the CHT administration building that was built in the ‘30’s. Kenneth Charanza Contracting, Inc., the remodeler captain and Leslie King, president of Greymark Construction Co. and a HomeAid board member are spear heading the project.  The entryway of the house which serves as the receiving area for the youth is being redesigned for improved functionality and to create a warm, inviting reception area.  A redesign and remodel of the administration conference room and an additional lavatory are also part of the improvements.  The project is expected to take approximately 6 weeks to complete.

“Working with organizations such as Covenant House Texas inspires every member of the HomeAid team,” said Leslie King.  “It is a hard fact to face that so many young folks are living on the streets in Houston.  “Our vendors are ready to provide whatever they can to help these youngsters.”    

For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call the Greater Houston Builders Association at 281-970-8970.