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 16 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 220,000 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 400 project shelters with an additional 50 in development. These shelters provide more than 7,500 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 Northern California Completes 3 Shelter Remodels

HomeAid Northern California announces the completion of 3 additional shelter remodels in the San Francisco Bay Area with a total of over $300,000 of in-kind and cash donations...More

Donor Spotlight

Boral Teams Up with HomeAid Atlanta and HomeAid SE Michigan

Boral Industries has been a national HomeAid America partner for the past 10 years and has generously contributed $400,000 in cash and in-kind product contributions to projects across.....More

Community Outreach

HomeAid recognizes Homelessness Awareness Month throughout November

HomeAid America, a building industry charity and one of the nation’s largest builders of housing for the homeless, is spending the entire month of November holding events and undertaking activities to highlight and help to end homelessness in this country. ..More