Building Hope and Homes… Rebuilding Lives
In 1997, a group of leaders at Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland formed the Metro Portland Housing Industry Foundation. Led by Rudy Kadlub of Costa Pacific Communities, the intention of the group was to create a way in which the residential home building industry could give back. In its younger years, Metro Portland Housing Industry Foundation raised and distributed funds to various nonprofits and awarded scholarships. Metro Portland Housing Industry Foundation later changed its name to Home Builders Foundation.
In 2005, Rudy Kadlub met with leaders of HomeAid America, a national nonprofit affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). HomeAid America, in conjunction with local building industry associations, wanted to establish chapters of HomeAid in various markets around the United States. The mission of HomeAid is to build new lives for America’s homeless through housing and community outreach. Chapters of HomeAid America accomplish this mission by engaging in construction projects across the entire continuum of care, from emergency shelters to transitional housing. With the approval of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, Home Builders Foundation became a chapter of HomeAid America, and adopted the secondary name of HomeAid Portland.
Today, Home Builders Foundation-HomeAid Portland builds and renovates shelters for those experiencing homelessness in the Portland metropolitan area by leveraging the philanthropy of the residential home building industry and members of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland. Home Builders Foundation-HomeAid Portland also provides construction related educational opportunities for qualifying students.
Home Builders Foundation-HomeAid Portland has built and renovated over 80,000 square feet of shelter space and transitional housing space since 2005. Valued at over $5.6 million, these emergency and transitional housing facilities serve over 550 homeless men, women, youth, families with children, and domestic violence survivors each year. An extraordinary $2.5 million of the total value of these projects has been donated by the members of the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland and others in the home building industry.
Home Builders Foundation-HomeAid Portland has granted more than $200,000 in scholarship funds to high school and college students in Oregon.
Through the annual Painting a Better Tomorrow program, a community outreach program, over 1,300 volunteers have almost 10,000 hours to local shelters in the form of building maintenance, landscaping and painting projects.
Metro Portland Housing Industry Foundation, dba Home Builders Foundation, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with the tax identification number 93-1239982.