The Benefit Homes Project, a 36 year old fundraiser sponsored by the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), has been raising funds for HomeAid Houston since 2007. Each year two Benefit Homes are constructed with donated materials, labor and services by GHBA members. The homes are sold at market value and the majority of the proceeds benefit HomeAid Houston, Texas Children’s Cancer Center and the Alzheimer’s Association. The homes are constructed on donated homesites in prime communities and are finished out with a multitude of upgrades and amenities.
HomeAid Houston, a 501(c)3 charity of the GHBA, provides remodeling and new construction support to qualified homeless care agencies in Harris and the surrounding counties. The Benefit Homes fundraiser is HomeAid’s largest contributor, having donated a total of $596,777.
“HomeAid is honored to be among the three charities that benefit from this 36 year old fundraiser. The GHBA members continue to step up and provide funds so HomeAid can successfully complete our mission – to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. Without help from the GHBA members, it’s possible the homeless numbers will continue to rise. We can’t thank the builders, developers, vendors and trades enough for all they’ve done for our cause.”Cindy Hinson, 2016 HomeAid President
HomeAid partners with accomplished GHBA builders, remodelers, vendors and suppliers who donate up to 50% of the cost of construction of projects all over Houston.
This year’s Benefit Homes teams are builder, Trendmaker Homes and developer, Rise Communities. Trendmaker’s home will be built in the master planned community of Meridiana. Also participating are builder Castletree Homes and developer Land Tejas Cos. Castletree’s home is now completed in the new community of Miramesa.
HomeAid Houston also offers support to smaller and/or newer agencies through its “HomeAid Care” program. This program offers agencies smaller remodeling projects for their existing buildings, in the $25,000 to $50,000 range. HomeAid performs four to five Care projects every year and pays for the entire cost of these projects through donations of labor and materials from GHBA members and allocations from the HomeAid budget.
HomeAid has completed 37 construction projects for homeless agencies, totaling over $10 million in real estate value and adding over 400 beds for homeless men, women, children and veterans.