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Home Builders Care Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Housing Support, Philanthropy, Private Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: The mission of the Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF) is to give back by utilizing the skills and resources of building industry members on shelter-related construction for the homeless and others at-risk. Our efforts help community non-profits and local governments meet the challenges of caring for our neighbors in need. We leverage our industry’s strengths to save agencies thousands of dollars in the construction process.

Results: Since our inception in 1984, HBCF has: * Contributed more than $20,000,000 worth of materials and labor to supportive housing and shelter projects in Maryland and the District. The total value of our projects is estimated to be more than double that amount. * Delivered more than 1,500 beds and units of respectable shelter and housing for our most vulnerable citizens. These units serve thousands in need on an annual basis. * Collaborated with over 90 local nonprofits on projects. * Averaged a rate of 87% of our total expenses going directly to program services

Target demographics: build housing for the homeless and families in crisis

Direct beneficiaries per year: house 76 persons in crisis

Geographic areas served: Maryland

Programs: Our work empowers these agencies to focus resources on direct client services that lead to stability. Nearly all of our partnering agencies receive funding for program operations, but maintenance and improvement funds are harder to come by. We help make projects feasible. * We have transformed once-abandoned apartments and single family homes to develop new units of housing for families seeking housing stability. * We have built new shelters for the homeless, including the 135-bed Home Builders Care Assessment Center in Montgomery County. * We have made safe and comfortable scores of group homes and transitional housing facilities by making energy-efficient and accessible improvements.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jack O.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Board of Home Builders Care Foundation since 2001. I have been very impressed by the ability of the organization to leverage the financial contributions and building expertise of its donor base to provide shelter for the disadvantaged members of our community. The Foundation is unique in that it provides through volunteer builder captains construction services that typically are beyond the reach of nonprofits or governmental agencies at a very low or no cost. The Foundation will partner with the nonprofit or governmental agency where appropriate to insure that the project benefits the ultimate clientele, whether that be a homeless shelter, transitional housing project, or permanent supportive housing. Since I have been on the Board, Home Builders Care Foundation has contibuted to the success of over 25 projects located throughout the Metropolitan Washington DC area.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Homebuilder's Care Foundation has done exceptional work in the Washington region - building homeless shelters, restoring apartment buildings, group homes etc. The foundation brings together the best of the building industry - in terms of both generosity and expertise - to use our resources to help worthy orgainzations. HBCF performs a rigorous review of the organizations we help as well as a professinal evaluation of their building needs and plans. It is a great leveraging of time, money and talent to help the community

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been on the Board for over 10 years and have participated in many projects which have aided homeless and other disadvantaged people. I personally worked on an extensive renovation of the Gospel Rescue Mission facilities in DC for homeless men. I also worked on the renovation of several group homes for the emotionally challenged in Maryland. Our organization can be strengthened by increased recognition from donors and grantors, particularly while the home building industry is working its way out of the present severe recession.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our efforts have assisted in a very positive way a number of organizations that serve the homeless in the DC Metro area. Many of the recipients of our services are smaller organizations that might not be able to afford renovations/improvements. It is gratifying that when new homebuilders around the country are struggling to survive (and many have not) that they still find the time, energy and funds to give back to those that provide services to the homeless. A recent project of great importance was the completion of a home for TASSC(Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International).