May 22, 2018

BuildAid, a HomeAid and Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) rebuild initiative for pre-qualified homeowners whose homes flooded because of Hurricane Harvey, has received support from local builders and GHBA members who are fulfilling BuildAid's mission to repair damage at little or no cost to the homeowner.


BuildAid's 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 the David Weekley Family Foundation.  These builders are providing construction management for each home's rebuild.  These builders are matched with 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 meet 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 household income up to $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.


"When you hear about the devastation that is impacting our city and our community, it was never a question whether or not we should participate in what we do best," said Jason Berger, area construction manager for Taylor Morrison.  "Helping to restore homes so our friends, neighbors and community can get back to their lives was an easy decision to make."


BuildAid and HomeAid are hosting a "Builder Summit" at the GHBA in May, to recruit the "next generation" of homebuilders as the program is quickly identifying more homeowners in need.  "The word is out that BuildAid is here to help," said Chris Yuko.  "We are working one- on- one with homeowners as we pair them with one of our prime builder partners.  It is rewarding to see their homes restored after such devastation."