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HomeAid Message from CEO Peter Simons

January 2019

Happy New Year, and for us at HomeAid, Happy start to our 30th Anniversary! It’s hard to believe that our organization has been pursuing its mission to build new lives for America’s homeless for so long and we have had the opportunity to touch so many lives on behalf of the building industry. It is humbling and exhilarating at the same time and we plan to spend this year not only highlighting how far we have come, but how far we still have to go to in our quest to end homelessness in this country.

As we start this milestone year, our 19 chapters—we formally launched HomeAid Utah in December—are coming off a year in which they completed 40 new projects creating nearly 400 beds, and currently have over 50 more projects in planning and development across the country. With the projects completed in our first 29 years, we have now housed over 333,000 previously homeless Americans, giving them a safe and dignified place to get back on their feet. It is an accomplishment to be proud of and a motivation to do more.

We begin this 30th year at HomeAid with a new national Board Chair—Sheryl Palmer, CEO and Chairman of Taylor Morrison Homes. We are very excited about what her leadership will mean for us as we seek to reach more Americans in need by expanding our reach and the scope of services we provide. She is taking the reins from our outgoing Chair Scott Stowell, who did an incredible job the past two years and to whom we are deeply in debt.

Thank you all for your support for HomeAid in its first 29 years and get ready to get even more involved as we ramp up our community outreach activities to give more people in more areas the chance to participate.It will be a very eventful and impactful year as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary and it all begins with the launch of a number new initiatives and activities at the International Builder Show in Las Vegas next month. We hope to see you there!

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. 

Donor Spotlight

Meyers Research | Metrostudy Raises Nearly $55,000 to Fight Homelessness

HomeAid was the beneficiary of the generosity of Meyers Research | Metrostudy, one of its top national partners and leading market research firms, at the Meyers Research | Metrostudy National Housing Outlook that was held in Newport Beach on June 20th. The event raised approximately $55,000 for the charity.

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.