Our Building Model
Aligning with local and national builders as well as local homeless service agencies, HomeAid Austin has created a unique approach to building housing projects for today’s homeless.
The process of building a HomeAid housing project begins with identifying a local homeless care provider agency and determining their particular need — possibly a cottage to serve abused children or duplexes for disabled veterans, for example.
Once the need and location have been identified, a builder captain is chosen from the BIA membership to manage the construction or renovation of the housing project. The builder captain also secures trade donors such as carpenters, plumbers, insulators and roofers, to provide labor, materials and other services. Finally, the housing project is built or renovated, typically with a cost savings of 35%- 55%.
HomeAid turns the housing project over to the local homeless service agency, who then owns and operates it, as well as provides many services to assist families in becoming self-sufficient. Homeless service agencies offer free job training, counseling and vocational skills learning opportunities to its residents.