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),HomeAid has expanded throughout the country as a national pioneer in building housing for the temporarily homeless.
HomeAid chapters flourish nationwide in 12 states with 18 chapters. Each chapter is a 501(c) (3) charitable, non-profit organization and is sponsored by a committed, local building industry organization.
Today, because of the generosity and dedication of many of the nation’s homebuilders, HomeAid is one of America’s largest providers of shelter for the temporarily homeless.
The HomeAid Timeline
- HomeAid was incorporated. Founding board members include: L.C. “Bob” Albertson Jr., Bart Hanson, Jay Blakslee, Tim Galvin, Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs, and Michael Lennon.
- HomeAid identifies the first eight projects in eight cities in Orange County.
- Kris Kristofferson helps to raise $40,000 at the first HomeAid fundraiser.
- HomeAid inaugurates Project Playhouse, a fundraising campaign that highlights the craftsmanship and imagination of Southern California’s top home builders and architects to create playhouses that are auctioned off to support shelter development.
- HomeAid San Bernardino County dedicates My Brother’s House, a shelter for families, individuals, and children.
- HomeAid Los Angeles/Ventura dedicates Casa Pacifica, a shelter for abused or neglected children.
- HomeAid Orange County begins development of four projects in one year.
- HomeAid Orange County builds four shelter projects to help homeless families, women and children, and mentally disabled citizens.
- HomeAid Orange County and HomeAid Riverside are the first official chapters.
- HomeAid Chicago becomes the first chapter outside of California.
- The BIA receives requests for assistance in organizing community outreach programs and the foundation is laid for HomeAid America’s strategic expansion efforts.
- HomeAid Orange County begins construction of the Village of Hope, a multi-family shelter project built on the former Tustin Marine Base.
- HomeAid Sacramento is formed by the Building Industry of Superior California.
- HomeAid San Bernardino County opens under the auspices of the Building Industry Association of Southern California/Baldy View Chapter.
- The Los Angeles Times spotlights the HomeAid program in a landmark piece called “Hammering Out Shelter.”
- The HomeAid Handbook is created to provide the model for HomeAid Chapter replication across the country.
- HomeAid Los Angeles/Ventura opens under the auspices of the Building Industry Association of Southern California/GLAV.
- HomeAid America launches as a national program thanks to the success and support of HomeAid Orange County.
- HomeAid Northern California opens, operating under the Home Builder’s Association of Northern California.
- HomeAid Colorado opens, operating under the Colorado Association of Home Builders, with affiliate chapters in Denver and Grand Junction.
- HomeAid Dallas opens operating under the Home Builders of Greater Dallas.
- HomeAid Boulder opens as an affiliate of HomeAid Colorado.
- HomeAid Riverside unites with Builder Captains Beazer Homes, Forecast Homes, Richmond American Homes, William Lyon Homes, Oltman’s Construction, and R.D. Olson to construct four 3,000-square-foot residential homes, a gymnasium and an educational center in 12 days. The result: Inland Community Children’s Ranch for abused homeless children.
- Wells Fargo Housing Foundation enters into a three-year, $1.15 million partnership with HomeAid America to establish more HomeAid chapters.
- HomeAid opens on the East Coast with HomeAid Northern Virginia and HomeAid Atlanta.
- HomeAid San Diego opens and becomes the seventh chapter in California.
- HomeAid America opens a branch office in the Washington, D.C. area.
- L.C. “Bob” Albertson, Jr., co-founder of HomeAid and immediate past president of the HomeAid America Board of Directors, receives the Elan Awards, Special Industry Leadership Award.
- The first HomeAid Quilt is crafted from art created by children living in eight HomeAid shelter projects.
- HomeAid America leads a community coalition to launch Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week and introduces Project Safety Net to local schools.
- HomeAid Seattle opens operating under the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.
- HomeAid Ft. Collins opens operating under the Colorado Association of Home Builders.
- HomeAid welcomes four new chapters in Colorado Springs, Houston, Southeastern Michigan, and Central Massachusetts.
- HomeAid establishes two new chapters in Portland, Oregon and Southern Nevada in the Las Vegas and Clark County area.
- HomeAid begins its first supportive housing project with the San Miguel Residences in Orange County, CA.
- HomeAid passes two major milestones in the organization's growth: it builds its 100th shelter and serves the 50,000th homeless person.
- Genette Eaton is named chief executive officer of HomeAid America.
- In the wake of hurricanes Rita and Katrina, HomeAid partners with Ameriquest Mortgage Company and its affiliates through a $3 million donation – the organization’s largest ever – to jointly establish the Gulf Coast Rebuilding Fund.
- HomeAid opens its 17th chapter: Northwest Arkansas, operating under the Northwest Arkansas Homebuilders Association.
- As part of a re-branding effort, the national office of the organization changes its name from “HomeAid America” to “HomeAid”.
- Project Playhouse celebrates its 15th anniversary with multiple events occurring across the country.
- HomeAid opens its 18th chapter in Tampa, FL, operating under the Tampa Bay Builders Association
- On February 6, HomeAid opens its 19th chapter - Charlotte, North Carolina - operating under the Home Builders Association of Charlotte.
- On March 19, HomeAid opens its 20th chapter - Washington, D.C. - under the Home Builders Care Foundation of the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association.
- On April 2, HomeAid opens its 21st chapter and second statewide model - Michigan - operating under the Michigan Association of Home Builders.
- On August 28, HomeAid dedicates the rebuilt New Orleans Mission Family Center, the First LEED-registered Housing in New Orleans post-Katrina.
- On September 19, HomeAid launched its national Project Playhouse event in New York City on CBS "The Early Show," featuring an American Girl-built home by Pardee Homes. In October, the national event tour ended at the National Building Museum, where a sustainable "green" playhouse will be on display for years to come.
- On December 10, HomeAid opens its 22nd chapter- HomeAid New York City - operating under the Building Industry Association of New York City.
- On February 27, HomeAid launched the HomeAid Wounded Veterans Program. The HomeAid® Wounded Veterans program plans to build a minimum of ten (10) facilities across the country in the next five (5) years in locations such as Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Diego -- geographical and construction targets that have a confluence of wounded veterans, builders, funding partners, service providers and available land.
- In June, HomeAid conducts its National Project Playhouse event in association with American Girl® for the launch of its "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" movie, which opened in theaters acoss the U.S. on July 2. Kit Kittredge-themed playhouses were displayed in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York to raise awareness about children's homelessness (a theme in the movie), then auctioned or raffled to raise funds to support HomeAid's mission.
- In October, HomeAid reaches the 100,000th-homeless-person-served milestone and opens its 170th homeless housing facility.