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.

Chapter Spotlight

HomeAid Colorado and Timberline Builders Complete Durango Safehouse

Builder Captain Emil Wanatka toured the Volunteers of American Southwest Safehouse planning to do repairs last year, but what he saw inspired a complete renovation of the home.  ..More

Donor Spotlight

Meyers Research Surpasses $500,000 Raised for HomeAid America

For the past three years, HomeAid has been the beneficiary of the generosity of Meyers Research, a Kennedy Wilson Company, one of its top national partners.The company has now raised $500,000 through ticket sales and sponsorships.....More

Community Outreach

Taylor Morrison/Darling Homes Builds Houston Project Playhouse

Who would have guessed that building playhouses for the past 11 years could generate more than half a million dollars for the homeless of Houston? In 2007, HomeAid Houston, led by Executive Director Bette Moser, launched the first Project Playhouse,..More