With an estimated 7,000 people experiencing homelessness over the course of a year in Travis County, HomeAid America, a national nonprofit provider of housing for the homelessness, is stepping up to alleviate homelessness in the area. HomeAid has established its 18th chapter in the nation in partnership with the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin. HomeAid Austin will work with the local home building industry to develop, build and maintain housing for nonprofits serving those experiencing homelessness.
“We are very excited to be entering Austin, Texas to help address the homelessness problem there,” said Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America. “We have been working with the HBA to get a chapter launched there for a couple of years, following a trial project we did in Round Rock for Texas Baptist Children’s Home, and it has finally come to fruition!”
HomeAid identifies charities working to help homeless families and individuals that are in need of additional or upgraded facilities in which to house people while they offer needed programmatic resources, such as job and life skills training, financial counseling, and physical and emotional support. HomeAid’s builder captains and their trade partners take on these projects, completing them at a deep discount through the in-kind donation of their time and materials.
“The HBA is very excited for this new opportunity to connect the expertise and generosity of our members to the organizations serving the homeless community,” said Emily Blair, CEO of Home Builders Association of Greater Austin. “Sadly, greater Austin’s need is significant. We are very eager to help meet that need, in a small way, and help people to be in housing and a part of a community that enables them to thrive.”
As part of HomeAid’s national network of chapters, HomeAid Austin and the HBA will have the resources needed to obtain donated building products for its charity projects. It will also have access to national grants and publicity, a deep network of chapter resources, and a myriad of other benefits. “I am excited to be part of the effort by the Austin HBA and HomeAid to give back to our community in a meaningful way,” said Charlie Coleman, Division President of Lennar and HomeAid Austin Board President. “Building homes and providing people with a safe place to live is what we do. I am confident HomeAid will be successful in Austin.”
HomeAid Austin’s Board of Directors includes executives from industry leading companies such as Lennar Homes, Taylor Morrison Homes, Brookfield Residential, Chesmar Homes, Scott Felder Homes, Newland Communities, Crescent Communities, Meyers Research, First American Title, 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, Metrostudy, Corridor Title, and Qualico-Pacesetter.
The chapter’s first event will be a screening of the feature documentary Mighty Ground, a film that follows the journey of a homeless gifted singer-songwriter living on the streets and the impact he makes on those who come to love him. The event will take place on Friday, June 8 at Austin Film Cinemas from 6:30 – 9:30 PM. For more details, please visit www.mightyground.com.