Starting a Chapter

Having started in Southern California in 1989, HomeAid began expanding nationally in the mid 1990's. There are currently 19 chapters in 13 states and we continue to actively seek expansion opportunities in major markets around the country.

Chapter Requirements
HomeAid employs the following criteria to designate areas of potential chapter growth for the organization:

  • The presence of a strong building industry and/or homebuilding association with a charitable history in its local community
  • A population area of 350,000+ with a clear homelessness problem
  • A pool of builders willing to be builder captains for HomeAid projects, and whose trade partners will participate with labor, materials and services
  • Sources of funding to support the on-going operation of a HomeAid chapter

Chapter Development Process
HomeAid has a proven methodology for engaging the local building industry or homebuilding association to start a HomeAid chapter:

Timing: If the chapter requirements are satisfied and a local “Chapter Champion” is identified, then the process becomes a matter of timing. Once a group of local building industry leaders and/or homebuilding association reps agree to move forward, the HomeAid Chapter Development team provides a comprehensive recruitment effort, followed by a well-defined chapter launch process.

Cultivation: Building relationships in prospective chapter areas is very important.  HomeAid’s Chapter Expansion team meets with local building industry leaders, including the Homebuilding Association Executive Officer and other Association representatives over a one- to three-month period to assess whether the market is a match for a successful HomeAid chapter.

Launch: If the process moves ahead after a successful Cultivation process, HomeAid’s Chapter Development team implements a Launch Process to 1) build a strong chapter leadership team to implement the program, 2) work with local attorneys to create the legal non-profit entity and get the necessary approvals, 3) help the local team search for the chapter’s Executive Director, 3) Once the ED is hired, conduct detailed training of that ED and the new chapter Board so they are comfortable with the HomeAid model and programs, 4) assist the chapter in identifying on-going sources of financial support, and 5) help the new chapter to identify and select its first project to build.

Expansion is the natural outgrowth of a successful program, and the establishment of new chapters helps HomeAid to serve more people in need in more parts of the country.  It also builds on the significant building industry philanthropic legacy that HomeAid has been part of since 1989.

If you are interested in starting a HomeAid chapter in your community, contact Chapter Development Director Robin Arnett via email at or by phone at 949-777-1660.


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