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 300,000 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 500 project shelters with an additional 50 in development. These shelters provide more than 9,000 beds per night nationwide. Each bed serves an average of three people per year.