HomeAid America Inc

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 20211 SW Birch Street Suite 300 Newport Beach CA 92660 USA

Mission: Mission: Building new lives for America's homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach.
Results: HomeAid has now completed 400 shelters around the country totaling 2,200,000 square feet of space at a cost of approximately $200 million, of which nearly 48 percent represents in-kind donations by builders and their trades and suppliers. Our facilities have now housed more than 200,000 people. We currently have 50 projects in development. It is a substantial record.
Target demographics: HomeAid partners with non-profit Service Providers that serve individuals who have suddenly become homeless through job loss, divorce, domestic violence, foreclosure and catastrophic illness. HomeAid also builds facilities for abused children, foster care youth, disabled veterans, homeless people living with HIV or AIDS, etc.
Geographic areas served: Atlanta; Colorado; Houston, TX; Inland Empire, CA; Los Angeles/Ventura, CA; Southeastern Michigan; Northern California; Northern Virginia; Orange County, CA; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; San Diego, CA; Seattle, WA; Southern Nevada; Washington, D.C.
Programs: HomeAid America creates local chapters across the nation, which inspire homebuilders (builder captains) and their subcontractors, suppliers, and consultants to donate labor, materials, and services. The effect is that each chapter renovates or constructs 1-2 shelters per year for their local community, which are operated by existing, qualified, community-based non-profit service providers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

HomeAid America is the parent organization of 15 local chapters that provide housing for the transitionally homeless across the country. HomeAid America was founded in 1989 by the building industry in Southern California and has grown steadily since. As a Board member, I see the great work HomeAid does to establish chapters around the country and then support them as they grow and flourish. By the end of 2013, HomeAid chapters will have built over 325 housing projects for homelessness-related charities nationwide, with a total value of over $200 million. Of this, nearly 50% of the value--$100 million--was donated to the charities by HomeAid and its building partners. It is an amazing model that has made a real difference in addressing homelessness.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

HomeAid Houston (HAH) facilitates the construction of housing for homeless care providers in the greater Houston area. HAH works with members of the Greater Houston Builders Association to accomplish its mission. HAH's builders, contractors and suppliers generally donate 50% of the construction cost to the care providers who operate the housing long term.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been on the Board for several years and find it incredibly gratifying to be able to give back to the Houston community. Especially when women and children are involved. We find that homelessness is typically not a choice.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more qualified care providers to build for. Believe it or not, this is one of our biggest challenges.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a board member since HomeAid Houston was formed as the charity arm of the Greater Houston Builders Association. Although we got off to a rocky start, the transformation in the organization through the board and leadership has been nothing short of remarkable. This working board and the hundreds of volunteers and benefactors have become one of Houston's leading charities for sheltering the homeless. The builders, remodelers, suppliers and contractors have shared their time, talent and resources even in these difficult times to make each year more successful than the last.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the women and children who have benefitted from having real homes in which to rebuild their lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Board member for 5 years, during which time we have provided over 350 new beds in the Houston area for those homeless that seek to find a better future through increased education and in most cases spiritual and psycological help.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through 8n seperate project completions and additional project reviews.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand as capital adequacy is gained.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We partner with local caregivers that provide transititional housing and support programs for the homeless in the Greater Houston area. As the charity arm for the Greater Houston Builders Assoc. our goal is to drive out homeless by working with shelters to construct housing to give the homeless population a place to go to get their lives and self worth back. All construction costs are provided by donations and in-kind labor and materials from GHBA members. We have produced in excess of 1,400 beds since our inception in 2005.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I get to see the benefits of what we do in the stories from the women and children who have benefited from our efforts to provide dignified housing in partnership with caregivers. I can physically see the results of our efforts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to continue taking our story to all Houstonians to add community involvement throughout the Houston population.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This non-profit builds housing for the homeless women, children and men in the Houston, Texas market.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

management of projects, construction and follow through after projects are complete

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none suggested

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with HomeAid for the past twelve years, and I personally believe in their mission to help the homeless. I wholeheartedly support all of their worthwhile projects, events, and activities. This organization is unique, and I have witnessed the hard work and supreme dedication of its staff.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization when I attended many of their events and participated in many of their activities over the past twelve years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would help them to get their message out to more people throughout the country, with the hopes of increasing their support so more people could be helped in the future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I serve as treasurer on the board of HomeAid Houston (HAH). As an accountant with 15+years experience specializing in performing audits of nonprofit organizations, when I say that HAH is a shining star in the world of NPO's, I am speaking from experience. Through the dedication provided by the hardest "working" board I have ever witnessed, the miracle-maker Executive Director, Bette Moser and the seemingly endless generosity of the countless volunteers and donors, HomeAid Houston continues to grow and thrive. The words of gratitude and tears of joy that we witness when we dedicate a completed building project to those we serve is our reward. Knowing that we have made a difference and can continue to make a difference is all the reason we need to find ways to further our mission - bringing hope to Houston's homeless.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing 390 beds to the Houston homeless community, providing days and nights of care for over 4500 men, women and children of Houston's homeless community since the organization's inception in 2003. Since joining the HAH board in 2007 I personally been been involved in several major building projects that provided 143 of those beds.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

seek financial resources to provide HAH with a building of their own as well as allow HAH to hire full time employees skilled in all aspects of major home building projects along with employees skilled in fundraising and business administration. Much of the work done by HAH is provided by a "working" board each with full time jobs of their own. The Houston GHBA generously provides HAH with a place to hold meetings as well as office the two full time employees of HAH.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

The board treasurer for the Greater Houston Builder's Association (the sponsoring organization for HAH) recommended HAH to me for consideration of becoming the treasurer of HAH.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

for 2011: to approve our 2011 budget, complete 4 "homeaid cares" remodeling projects for existing homeless shelters in need of improvements, fundraise to meet or exceed our 2011 budget, start the two major building projects that were approved in late 2010.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To provide at least one, if not two, major new building projects a year to established 501c3 organizations serving the homeless community of Houston through providing transitional housing to the temporarily homeless.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

HomeAid America helps build housing for organizations that helps the homeless. I am in Houston and our chapter has helped Wellsprings, Mission of Yaweh, Gracewood and Boys and Girls Harbor over the last several years. We have completed facilities in Houston valued over $7.5 million dollars that includes over 300 beds for the homeless. We have a very active board and have been active since 2003.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how homeless people have benefited from these organizations

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change anything

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined HomeAid as Board member shortly after the organization was started. I have seen it grow in many ways but most importantly in the quality of housing it provides to the transitionally homeless in Houston. HomeAid Houston is working with high quality, reliable agencies to expand and improve the services they can offer their clients in so many ways. I am very proud to be a part of an organization that offering hope and dignity in the area of housing for the homeless.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally met many of the individuals HomeAid has helped and seen their future go from hopeless to hopeful.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are no changes I would make to HomeAid Houston at this time but rather commend the entire working Board and staff for their dedication and great results.

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