Riverside County Supervisors Recognize BIA and HomeAid Inland Empire for Outstanding Work Building Shelters to House Homeless Population
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors recently honored the local Southern California Building Industry Association (BIA) Chapter and its non-profit charity, HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE), for its outstanding work renovating and building quality shelter facilities to temporarily house homeless men, women and children as they try to rebuild their lives.
Bill Blankenship, CEO of the Riverside County BIA Chapter, together with HAIE Board President Richard Hedrick and Executive Director Ray Osborne were presented with a Proclamation from the Supervisors in recognition of their efforts to end homelessness.
Operation SafeHouse, one of HomeAid Inland Empire’s service provider partners, made the recommendation to the Supervisors to recognize the building industry and its charity organization following the completion of renovation work by HomeAid on three Operation SafeHouse shelter facilities that serve the needs of homeless emancipated youth.
“HomeAid Inland Empire and the Riverside County BIA Chapter have been wonderful partners over the past few years helping us improve and expand our shelters in Riverside and the Coachella Valley by providing funds as well as in-kind donations of labor and materials,” commented Operation SafeHouse Executive Director Kathy McAdara. “Without their ongoing support and generosity, the improvements to our shelters would simply not have been completed,” McAdara added.
Since 1990, HomeAid Inland Empire has renovated or built 27 homeless shelters, housing 743 emergency and transitional living beds, valued at over $16.9 million with more than $6.3 million in funding and donations of in-kind labor and materials coming from members of the Riverside County and Baldy View BIA Chapters. These shelter facilities serve more than 2,500 homeless people in Riverside and San Bernardino counties annually.
“The Riverside County BIA Chapter is very proud of the homeless shelter development work that our non-profit charity, HomeAid Inland Empire, has done over the years in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, particularly over the past three years, having renovated 10 shelter facilities, adding 236 emergency and transitional beds, to provide much-needed temporary housing for the homeless population in the two-county area,” said BIA Chapter CEO Bill Blankenship in accepting the award from the Board of Supervisors.
“On any given day, there are about 5,000 homeless men, women and children in cities throughout the Inland Empire, so there is still lots of work to be done to end homelessness here,” commented HAIE Executive Director Ray Osborne. “Fortunately, government agencies and officials in both Riverside and San Bernardino counties as well as most of the cities in the area are starting to do a much better job of coordinating their efforts and working with homeless shelter service providers like Operation SafeHouse and many other non-profits, including HomeAid Inland Empire, to see what we can all do together to deal with the issue of homelessness in our area,” he added.
“Our country recently celebrated its Independence Day holiday, and it is only fitting that the BIA and HomeAid Inland Empire are being recognized by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors for our efforts to help homeless people by providing them with temporary housing while they work to regain independence and self sufficiency,” said HAI E Board President Richard Hedrick at the Board of Supervisors proclamation presentation ceremony. “We look forward to continuing our efforts to help serve the housing needs of the homeless population throughout the Inland Empire in the future,” he added.
For more information about HomeAid Inland Empire, contact Ray Osborne or Stephanie Lingenfelter, firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephanie@homeaidie.org, or call 951/686-0628 to donate or volunteer. You can also visit the Riverside-based non-profit organization’s website, www.homeaidie.org.