HomeAid Atlanta, the designated charity of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, continues to achieve its mission of building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. 

On Friday, October 6, HomeAid and The Drake House in Roswell celebrated the groundbreaking of The Drake Village with volunteer Builder Captain Dan O’Dwyer of O’Dwyer Homes. The Drake Village is a renovation of two eight-unit apartment buildings located on the property adjacent to The Drake House's existing crisis housing complex. When complete, the new facility will more than double The Drake House's capacity to serve homeless women and their children, going from 44 beds to 100 beds.

Care Days, a HomeAid outreach initiative, are volunteer-powered workdays providing free-of-charge repairs and upgrades for homeless service provider facilities. In September and October, four HomeAid Care Days provided a savings of more than $30,000 for service providers. 

On September 15, HomeAid Atlanta held a HomeAid Care Day at Salvation Army Red Shield Services. Volunteers from the Professional Women in Building Atlanta Chapter and Kennesaw State University National Association of Home Builders – Student Chapter completed several upgrades at Atlanta’s Salvation Army Red Shield Shelter providing a savings of $3,000. The shelter provides strategic intervention, refuge, and safe lodging for homeless men, women and children in crisis with the goal of transitioning to stable independence.

HomeAid Atlanta completed three HomeAid Care Days in support of Covenant House Georgia. Covenant House Georgia (CHG) serves Atlanta youth experiencing homelessness. Care Day partners at CHG included CBRE (September 22), Brightwater Homes and FBC Mortgage (October 3), and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (October 13).  The work and material donations provided by these three HomeAid Care Days are valued at $27,500, funds that CHG did not have for these greatly needed improvements.

November is Homelessness Awareness Month. Visit www.homeaidatlanta.org for 30 Ways in 30 Days you can get involved to help meet the needs of Metro Atlanta’s homeless population.

HomeAid Atlanta, founded in 2001, is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the building industry, as well as community building organizations, to assist people experiencing homelessness. To date, HomeAid Atlanta has completed over 85 housing, remodel and care day projects at locations that serve victims of domestic violence, teen mothers, veterans and more. Learn more at www.homeaidatlanta.org.