What Is HomeAid?

HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for today's homeless. The organization builds and renovates multi-unit shelters for America's homeless families and individuals through local chapters in 17 markets across the country, each working with the local building industry to give back to the community.

HomeAid was founded in 1989 by the Orange County chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIA/SC), an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  In 1995, HomeAid America (HAA) was created to expand the effort throughout the country.  HAA plays the role of working with local BIAs to form new chapters, get them staffed, and launch their efforts.  HAA then provides support services for all the chapters in the form of licenses, insurance policies, legal templates, marketing plans and materials, regional and national conferences, online forums, and other means of support.  This expansion and support effort has resulted in minimally staffed local chapters operating highly effectively in their markets. 

HomeAid has provided housing for more than 240,000 individuals who have been rendered temporarily homeless due to circumstances beyond their control, including:

  • Abused children
  • Victims of domestic violence
  • At-risk teens
  • Returning military veterans
  • Those who are temporarily out of work
  • Victims of natural disasters and other catastrophes

Through the generosity of America's builders, their trade partners, financial institutions, and the public, HomeAid has built more than 440 project shelters with an additional 50 in development. These shelters provide more than 8,300 beds per night nationwide. Each bed serves an average of three people per year.

Our Mission

HomeAid's mission is: "building new lives for America’s homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach." Although our mission gives us broad latitude to engage in building projects across the entire Continuum of Care, from emergency shelters to transitional housing to permanent supportive housing, every HomeAid project includes support services that help residents move toward self-sufficiency, such as education and job skills training, physical and emotional support, etc.

Chapter Spotlight

HomeAid Southern Nevada Dedicates WestCare Nevada's Campus

The dedication of the newly renovated WestCare Nevada’s Women and Children’s Campus. Capital improvements were made possible through a $350,000 competitive grant from the Nevada Women’s Philanthropy (NWP) and $214,000 in donated labor, construction and trade support through HomeAid Southern Nevada. ..More

Community Event

HomeAid Executive Director Cheryl O’Connor Inducted into 2016 Hall of Fame

HomeAid Northern California Executive Director Cheryl O’Connor is among six California residential building industry leaders who will be inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation’s highly prestigious Hall of Fame in 2016...More

Donor Spotlight

Milgard Windows & Doors Joins HomeAid in Effort to End Homelessness

HomeAid America today announced a new, national partnership with Milgard Windows & Doors. The company has committed to donate Milgard® windows to HomeAid built facilities throughout the western region of the country, with initial projects being located in Portland, Sacramento, Denver, and Orange County, CA. ..More