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 shelter projects 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.

Our Mission

HomeAid's mission is: "building new lives for America’s homeless 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 San Diego Receives Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Many people are just one life event away from being homeless or needing to depend on basic needs services such as food and shelter. Through Bank of America's strategic philanthropic investments into nonprofits, HomeAid San Diego will use funding to rebuild lives for the area's homeless through housing development and outreach initatives. 
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Donor Spotlight

Milgard Contributes to 5 HomeAid Housing Projects Across the Country

Milgard generously provided an in-kind donation of 229 windows and patio doors, significantly reducing construction costs for 5 HomeAid projects across the country, allowing HomeAid nonprofit partners to reinvest their capital into life-changing programs that will help more than 135 residents move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
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Outreach Spotlight

HomeAid Distributes 2.5 Million Baby Items to Families Experiencing Homelessness

5 HomeAid chapters hosted Essentials for Young Lives drives in their communities to collect diapers, wipes, formula and other baby items to help cost-burdened families who are struggling to make ends meet. Collectively over 2 million baby items were distributed, saving families faced with economic hardship over $600,000. 
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