HomeAid Northern California is a non-profit provider of housing for today’s homeless. HomeAid builds and renovates multi-shelter units for homeless families and individuals so they can rebuild their lives. As the charity arm of the building industry, HomeAid’s work is made possible through the generosity of homebuilders, their trade partners, financial institutions, and you. HomeAid’s primary focus is on the women, children, veterans and families who experience a life-altering event and are rendered temporarily homeless due to circumstances beyond their control.
HomeAid's mission is: "building new lives for America’s homeless through housing and community outreach." Although our mission gives us broad latitude to engage in building projects across the entire Continuum of Care, from emergency shelters to transitional housing to permanent supportive housing, every HomeAid project includes support services that help residents move toward self-sufficiency, such as education and job skills training, physical and emotional support, etc.
Aligned with local builders and homeless service agencies, HomeAid has created a seamless approach to building housing projects and services for today’s homeless. We work with the Bay Area chapter of the Building Industry Association and select local homeless service agencies determined by specific needs -- domestic violence survivors, disabled veterans, or homeless individuals and families who and require housing assistance.
Once the need and a location have been identified, a builder captain is chosen from a building company to manage the construction or renovation of the housing project. The builder captain 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.
HomeAid turns the housing project over to the local homeless service agency, who owns and operates the facility, as well as providing many services to assist families in becoming self-sufficient. Homeless service agencies offer job training, counseling and vocational skills learning opportunities to its residents.
What truly differentiates HomeAid from other non-profit organizations is its model for affiliating with the local building industry association, securing relationships to support the building of housing shelters. We bring together community leaders, along with builders and trade organizations to facilitate the building of homeless shelters and low income housing, and then local service providers to ultimately manage the housing after it is built.
Homelessness remains a major crisis in our country and its causes are numerous and diverse. HomeAid is an integral part of the fight against homelessness by building housing for charities sheltering the homeless. Through collaborative partnerships with the home building industry, we develop, build and maintain safe, stable and dignified housing at a fraction of the cost, providing solutions to get those experiencing homelessness the housing and support they need to get back on their feet.
HomeAid serves a wide range of families and individuals who are in need of a dignified place to call home while they rebuild their lives. People served by HomeAid housing include:
HomeAid's Tiny Homes Project is complete with the construction of 6 tiny homes for people experiencing homelessness.
If HomeAid Northern California offers to help your nonprofit build or remodel a housing project, Rev. Dana Bainbridge of San Jose has some advice for you.