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

Housing Forum Brings Experts to Discuss Race, Discrimination, and Strategy

HomeAid Northern Virginia hosts annual Housing Forum on May 9th to deliver networking and educational programming to housing and homeless service providers. This year's program featured national experts from The Center for Social Innovation to discuss race, discrimination, and strategies for rewriting a national reality. 
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Donor Spotlight

The Lennar Foundation Grants Funding for Workforce Development Program

HomeAid WORKS, a new workforce development program will create opportunities for people experiencing homelessness the chance to pursue careers in the homebuilding industry. The program is made possible by a $500,000 grant from the Lennar Foundation, the charitable arm of Lennar, provided as seed funding to create the program. 
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Outreach Spotlight

HomeAid Utah to Collect 200,000 Diapers for Homeless Families through Essentials Drive

HomeAid Utah is collecting diapers, wipes, and formula for their Essentials Diaper Drive. The drive is expected to collect 200,00 diapers, along with wipes and formula for homeless families. Items will be donated to the Utah Diaper Bank for distribution to families in need at their Builders for Babies event on June 21st. 
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