Historic flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey, affected tens of thousands of homeowners and renters throughout Houston and surrounding areas. It is estimated that 85% of families and individuals who experienced flood damage did not have flood insurance. This means they must cover the repairs to their homes, beyond the allowance provided by FEMA.
HomeAid Houston asked, "What needs to happen?" Since HomeAid constructs housing for homeless care providers, the answer to this question became clear: Partner with local builders who are GHBA members, identify homeowners with limited funding options whose homes flooded, reduce the cost of remodeling their homes and expedite the process. BuildAid, a pilot project, became the launching pad for builders to partner with HomeAid to begin the rebuilding process to provide families and individuals a way back home.
How BuildAid Works
Saint Bernard Parish, (SBPusa.org) is a third party consultant that was started in the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina. The organization brings years of experience as they collaborate with several HomeAid builder partners to identify the target homeowners, complete applications and the evaluation process, and execute the home improvement contract. Each builder will be responsible for 3 to 5 homes and will coordinate all construction management services for a minimum of 3 - 6 months. Builders will complete all homes that they start. This project can assist hundreds of Houston residents and serve as a model for future disaster relief efforts in our country. For more information call (409) 768-0118 or visit buildaidhouston.org.