Historic flooding, as a result of Hurricane Harvey, affected tens of thousands of homeowners and renters throughout Houston and surrounding areas. It was estimated that 85 percent of families and individuals who experienced flood damage did not have flood insurance, which meant they were responsible for covering any repair costs, beyond the allowance provided by FEMA. Because HomeAid Houston builds and renovates housing for Houston's homeless care providers, an idea emerged.
HomeAid Houston and David Weekley Homes partnered to launch the pilot project, BuildAid, a program that connected local builders and Greater Houston Builder Association members with homeowners who needed essential flood damage repairs but had limited funding options. This introduction and partnership reduced renovation costs and expedited the repair process. BuildAid helped initiate the city's rebuilding process and provided families and individuals a way back home. In the subsequent years following Hurricane Harvey, the BuildAid program was able to restore 257 homes. In addition, the program was able to furnish 114 homes and provide temporary rental assistance to 110 families.
Program Partner: David Weekley Homes