HomeAid, a leading national non-profit provider of housing for today's homeless,
announced the opening of its 20th nationwide chapter in the nation's capital. The
new chapter will be named HomeAid Washington, D.C., and was created through a partnership
with the Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF), the charitable affiliate of the Maryland-National
Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA). With the generous support of the
local home building industry, HomeAid Washington, D.C. will build housing facilities
to cope with the city's rising homeless population as well as enable homeless individuals
and families to get back on their feet after a life circumstance has rendered them
without a home.
According to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments 2006 Homeless Enumeration
Report, more than 12,000 people in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are homeless,
including people who are living on the streets, staying in shelters or living in
transitional (or temporary) housing. More than 40 percent are members of families,
with about one-third of them being children.
"Contrary to common misconceptions about homelessness, more than 80 percent of homeless
individuals and families do not live on the streets. Locally, nearly one-third of
homeless adults are employed and merely need a place to stay while they rebuild their
lives," said Michael J. Conley, 2007 president of the Home Builders Care Foundation.
"With approximately180 homeless service providers working in the Washington, D.C.
metropolitan area to prevent and end homelessness, there is a great need in the community
to progressively address the rising homeless population by doing what our industry
does best: build housing."
The new chapter's first building project will be a to-be-determined permanent supportive
housing facility where homeless people can live as long as they choose and have access
to services they need for as long as they need them.
For more than 20 years, HBCF has cost-effectively and efficiently improved housing
and shelter facilities for the homeless and others at risk in the suburban counties
of Maryland. In 2000, HBCF collaborated with the Montgomery County Department of
Health and Human Services to construct a new permanent 100-bed emergency shelter
for homeless men in Rockville. Conley commented, "Our collaboration with HomeAid
to launch the Washington, D.C. chapter will help us further extend our community
service efforts in the District. We hope this new endeavor will greatly enhance our
impact serving the poor and homeless in the city, who are some of the neediest among
"HomeAid offers a national solution for enabling homeless people to regain self-sufficiency
by working with our building industry partners to build housing facilities that are
donated to service providers who help a community's homeless population," said Genette
Eaton, chief executive officer of HomeAid. "Through our builders' contributions of
time and resources, HomeAid multiplies the effect every dollar donated two- to three-fold
to build beds for and give hope to the homeless."
According to Eaton, donations from the organization's partners were instrumental
in the founding of HomeAid Washington, D.C. HomeAid's national office will pass $25,000
in seed funding from Countrywide Financial Corporation (NYSE: CFC), America's #1
home loan lender*, to HomeAid Washington, D.C. for operational expenses.
"Home is what Countrywide is all about, so we strongly believe that a great nation
must provide hope and opportunity for those who don't have one," said Jack Haynes,
executive vice president of Countrywide's national builder division. "Our philanthropic
efforts target well-managed, innovative non-profit organizations such as HomeAid
that align strongly with our values and criteria, and we're pleased to support our
friends in the building industry who are dedicated to the HomeAid cause."
Organization’s 20th Chapter Made Possible through Home Builders Care Foundation,
the Charitable Affiliate of the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association,
as well as National Partner Countrywide