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.

Community Outreach

HomeAid Northern Virginia Hosts Annual Housing Forum

HomeAid Northern Virginia’s Annual Housing Forum is one of the region’s most unique and valuable opportunities for meeting and learning from shelter partner colleagues, and last month, more than 60 representatives representing 40 organizations met to discuss veteran homelessness and the challenges and successes of the rapid re-housing model...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

Chapter Spotlight

HomeAid Atlanta’s 15th Annual Essentials Drive kicked off on Monday, April 25

HomeAid Atlanta’s 15th Annual Essentials Drive kicked off on Monday, April 25 and ran through May 3, 2016 in honor of Mother’s Day. The drive is a community-wide effort to help homeless babies and their mothers by collecting “essential” baby products such as diapers, pull-ups, baby food, formula, baby wipes, and baby hygiene products. ..More