Established in 2003 as a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization by the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), HomeAid Houston is a chapter of HomeAid, the nation's largest provider of transitional housing for the temporarily homeless. As one of 19 chapters, HomeAid Houston works with non-profit homeless agencies to build and renovate housing for the transitionally homeless.
By working with builders, remodelers, vendors and suppliers of the GHBA, HomeAid Houston is able to build transitional housing using donated labor and materials, effectively leveraging contributions made to the organization. Bonita Street House of Hope, a 199-bed facility, was the first project of HomeAid Houston and was opened in the spring of 2005.
HomeAid's Gulf Coast Rebuilding Fund and HomeAid Houston partnered to build 48 beds for Wellsprings Village and a 16-unit dormitory for the Mission of Yahweh. Both transitional housing projects provided short-term shelter for hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees and will be long-term assets to our community.
In 2007, Builder Captain Dakotablue Homes constructed two 4200 square foot homes in Morgan's Pointe, for Boys and Girls Harbor. This 60 year old agency provides homes, structure and loving care for homeless children ages 5 – 18.
In 2008, two projects were underway for Gracewood, an agency whose mission is to strengthen single-parent families at risk for homelessness by promoting their spiritual, physical and emotional well-being. In December of 2007, we broke ground with Builder Captain MHI/Plantation Homes and Pioneer Homes, on a 6800 square foot home in the Spring Branch area. Planning started in the third quarter of 2008.
In addition, HomeAid Houston partnered with Builder Captain Brothers Strong for HomeAid's first green remodeling project at Gracewood's Wanda Lane location. This 3665 square foot building will provide a loving home for five homeless mothers and their children.
In late March, 2008, the Greater Houston Builders Association Remodeler's Council partnered with HomeAid Houston to provide much-needed renovations and improvements to the home of a woman who is a foster mother to five severely disabled children in northwest Houston.
In the spring of 2009, HomeAid Houston again worked with the GHBA's Remodelers Council and Remodeler Captain Mike Wilburn, of Mike Wilburn Homes, to provide $40,000 worth of renovations to SEARCH's House of Tiny Treasures.
Builder Captains Mark Welch, David Weekley Homes and Randy Bayer, Bayer Custom Homes, spearheaded a $26,000 lobby renovation for the Krause Children's Center, which was dedicated in July, 2009.
In 2010, Builder Captain MHI finished buildings one and two, on Gracewood's Elmview site, providing housing, counseling offices and a safe and secure place for 30 homeless women and children.
Also in 2010, Remodeler Captain Brothers Strong finished HomeAid's first green remodeling project at Gracewood's Wanda Lane location.
Covenant House Texas
Covenant House Texas has been in operation since 1983, serving the homeless youth of Houston. Forty to fifty homeless youth are housed on any given night. In addition to crisis services, CHT offers 12 – 18 months of transitional living programs, designed to give young men and women the tools they need to become independent, productive members of society. Medical and psychiatric services are offered, along with counseling, educational and vocational training, life skills and pastoral ministry programs.
In 2010, HomeAid Houston, along with Remodeler Captain Kenneth Charanza, of Charanza Contracting, Inc., renovated the first and second floors of the CHT administration building, including redesigning and remodeling the entryway, converting the administration conference room into additional office space and a general refurbishment and refreshing of the remainder of the offices and bathroom on both floors. This project was dedicated in May, 2010.
The Women's Home
The mission of The Women's Home is to help women in crisis regain their self esteem and dignity, empowering them to return to society as productive, self sufficient individuals. Over the past 50 years The Women's Home has provided services to thousands of women seeking escape from the destructive cycles of domestic violence, mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse.
In June, 2010, HomeAid Houston, in partnership with Remodeler Captain Breck Powers of LBJ Construction, renovated their "Great Room," which serves 43 women seeking shelter and assistance with domestic violence and drug/alcohol abuse. This room acts as an informal kitchen/serving area for breakfast and lunch for the ladies and also is their main meeting room for their AA meetings and informal gathering.
Montgomery County Youth Services
MCYS is a program established in Conroe, Texas to provide short and long term shelter for youth, ages 10 -17, who are in crisis. These programs provide safety, security, support and structure to youth in need, who are typically in the custody of TDFPS, juvenile services or are a private placement from the community. This project, under the leadership of Builder Captain Ron Martin, of Grand View Builders, was completed in the summer of 2010.
The project consisted of the construction of a 20 ft by 30 ft climate controlled storage facility. The Scott Stevens, Stoecker Corporation, and head of the Montgomery County Builders and Developers Division of the GHBA, provided the labor and materials necessary to create shelving for the facility. The addition of this building will free up badly-needed residential space in their existing youth facilities.
Santa Maria Hostel/Operation Independence
Serving the Houston Area for over 50 years, the Santa Maria Hostel serves women in crisis from substance abuse. Recognized in 1995 as one of Texas' best-managed centers for the treatment and care of addicted women and their children, Santa Maria Hostel now enjoys the distinction of being the largest treatment center in Texas.
This HomeAid Care project provided for the renovation of five apartments for female veterans who were in need of substance abuse treatment. It was done in partnership with the GHBA's Remodelers Council and was completed in September, 2010.
Houston Area Women's Center
The Houston Area Women's Center is an 18 year old agency that helps individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence move forward in their lives. The provide shelter, counseling and advocacy to support their clients in the efforts to build their lives free from the effects of violence.
A project to renovate 18 shower stalls and to repair and renovate their security gate was completed in 2011, by Builder Captain Mike Heller, William Shaw and Associates and in partnership with the Houston Astros.
Gracewood – Bradley / Legend House
Construction on the third building at the Elmview campus started in 2012, with Builder Captain Legend Homes / Princeton Classic Homes and architect Mark Atkins, AIA, of Masa Studio. This home was dedicated in the spring of 2013.
Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services
Four duplexes, on the site of St. John's Presbyterian Church, will provide housing and services for single mothers and children. Ground was broken on this project in the spring of 2013, with Builder Captain Ryland Homes and architect Mark Atkins, AIA, of Masa Studio and the duplexes will be dedicated May 7, 2014.
Fort Bend Family Promise
Groundbreaking of a 4000 square foot Family Day Center is planned for spring of 2014, with Builder Captain Long Lake Ltd and architect Sergio Astorga of Arte Architects.
HomeAid Care Projects
Typically, HomeAid completes four HomeAid Care projects annually. Recipients of these smaller remodeling projects include: Santa Maria Hostel, Open Door Mission, United States Veterans Initiative, Houston Area Women's Center, SEARCH, The DeGeorge at Union Station, Mission of Yahweh, The Women's Home and Angel Reach.