I It was 35 years ago when the GHBA board of directors envisioned a charitable project that would bring the generosity of builders, developers and vendors together to give back to Houston. After careful and thoughtful planning, the GHBA formed the Benefit Homes Project. The goal was to do what GHBA members do best—build quality homes. These homes would then be sold at market value for a profit. The majority of that profit would be donated to charity.
Even the fact Houston has been experiencing some of its toughest years in recent history, the builders, developers and vendors came onboard committed to helping those less fortunate. If you ask them why, they will tell you, "Even in economically challenged times, children still get cancer, adults are still facing Alzheimer's and hopeless families need help more that ever." This generosity reflects the commitment that Houston area builders and developers have to the community.
Over the life of this program the GHBA has donated more than $9 million to local charities. Currently the Benefit Homes Project distributes the majority of the proceeds to the Alzheimer's Association, Texas Children's Cancer Center and HomeAid Houston—all local Houston charities.
Our Charities / Beneficiaries
The Alzheimer's Association of Houston and Southeast Texas
The Alzheimer's Association of Houston and Southeast Texas consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals, and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to easing the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones. The Alzheimer's Association's goal is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. This Benefit Home charity's vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease.
Texas Children's Cancer Center
Texas Children's Cancer Center and Hematology Service is leading the way in fighting childhood cancer and blood disorders. World-renowned hematologists and oncologists are pioneers in many of the standard protocols for treating – and curing – all types of pediatric cancer and blood disorders, from common to extremely rare.
We know that the diagnosis of cancer or a blood disorder is traumatic for the child and family. As a leader in family-centered care, Texas Children's Cancer Center helps by providing personalized comprehensive services that address both the physical and emotional aspects of the disease.
HomeAid Houston, a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit sponsored by the GHBA, identifies long term, stable care providers who need additional capacity and pairs them with builders, vendors and suppliers who donate their time, materials and labor to help build transitional homeless shelters. HomeAid works with agencies who serve woman in crisis pregnancy, victims of domestic violence, abused children, mentally challenged, adults living with HIV/AIDS, families and individuals homeless as a result of job loss or catastrophic illness, individuals suffering from drug and alcohol abuse and homeless veterans. Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has added more than $7.4 million in real estate to Houston's homeless community, providing over 400 beds, with plans for more underway.