The HomeAid Building Model
HomeAid builds homes. We are a non-profit organization that partners with local home builders to develop land and build and maintain homes, apartments and shelters for other non-profit care providers who help homeless people get back on their feet. As the charity of choice for the Colorado Association of Home Builders, HomeAid matches licensed, professional, insured home builders with a project that fits their scope and size of work and charitable interests.
This match allows non-profit care providers to focus their energy and resources on providing direct services to the homeless while builders provide construction-related technical assistance, in-kind labor, and donated materials and build homes that are equal quality to its neighbors at a fraction of the cost. The HomeAid model is the gift that keeps on giving. The homes we build are often used as a “transitional place” for a family or individual to get back on their feet. Once they stabilize and are able to move on to self-sufficiency, the HomeAid home in which they were living becomes available for the next person or family that needs help.
Our three-step process is simple and proven:
- Identify and select a reputable care provider (homeless service agency) that seeks construction services to build a new facility or renovate an existing structure.
- Recruit a volunteer builder captain who manages the construction of the facility and assists in securing trade partners (plumbers, carpenters, painters, electricians, etc.) to provide in-kind labor, materials or services.
- Work together to build or renovate the facility, with a goal of serving a larger number of homeless children, women and men. When complete, the facility is owned and operated by the care provider.
The key to HomeAid’s success is our ability to leverage in-kind donations of building materials and the labor of professional builders well beyond the cash donations that are received for the housing project. Through our industry contacts and the contributions of in-kind donations from building partners, HomeAid multiplies the effect of every cash dollar received two-to-three fold.