For thirty years HomeAid has been tackling the issue of homelessness by increasing the capacity of service agencies to house more individuals and families. In so doing, we have learned that two of the primary reasons for homelessness in the United States are job loss and lack of affordable housing.
At the same time, nationwide, the homebuilding industry has been impacted by a significant shortage of quality labor. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 87% of homebuilders cited finding labor as a problem in 2017 compared to only 13% in 2011.
HomeAid WORKS (Workforce Opportunities for Rebuilding through Knowledge and Skills) was developed to offer solutions to both issues. HomeAid WORKS will provide technical construction training, education and job opportunities in the homebuilding industry for men, women, youth and veterans who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness or coming out of homelessness. The new program will be an extension of services provided through the organization's main housing development and community outreach programs.
HomeAid WORKS is made possible by a grant from the Lennar Foundation, the charitable arm of Lennar Corporation, provided as seed funding to create the new program.
While the immediate answer to ending homelessness is to provide the necessary housing, it must be in conjunction with providing opportunities for quality, meaningful work at a livable wage.
People experiencing homelessness want to work but need to be given the opportunity and the structure required to succeed.
Many are employed but must work multiple low-paying jobs to support their families.
13% of homebuilders cited finding labor to be a problem in 2011
87% cited finding labor to be a problem in 2017