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