BuildAid receives $5.5 million grant from Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

BuildAid Receives $5.5 Million Grant from Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

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BuildAid receives $5.5 million grant from Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

(L to R): Elena White, GHCF data and impact consultant; Bette Moser, HomeAid Houston executive director; Renee Wizig-Barrios, GHCF SVP and chief philanthropy officer; David Weekley, chairman David Weekley Homes; Chris Yuko, director of BuildAid

HomeAid is proud to share with the GHBA membership, that BuildAid, a HomeAid and GHBA rebuild initiative for pre-qualified homeowners whose homes flooded because of Hurricane Harvey, was presented a check for $5.5M from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (HHRF). HHRF was established by Houston’s Mayor Turner and Harris County Judge Emmett and is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation (@greaterhoucf). David Weekley and the David Weekley Family Foundation (DWFF), were the initial visionaries of this initiative, just days after the storm passed.

We are also excited to announce the GHBA members who have committed to partnering with BuildAid to provide construction management services. These partners are David Weekley Homes, Partners in Building, Taylor Morrison, Chesmar Homes, Trendmaker Homes and Empire Communities. The entire team is led by Chris Yuko with DWFF.


BuildAid will use the $5.5M to provide full home repair rebuilds to those homeowners who match the BuildAid requirements. A typical rebuild includes insulation, drywall, tape, float, texture, paint, cabinets, countertops, floors, doors, trim, and bathroom repairs. Saint Bernard Parish (SBP), a third party disaster preparation and recovery agency, facilitates the identification of homeowners that match the pre-qualification requirements.

“The BuildAid, HomeAid, and GHBA teams are honored to receive these valuable funds from the HHRF as we work to rebuild our community’s homes,” said Bill Dalton, president of HomeAid Houston. “Our gratitude extends to all of the GHBA members who have provided the construction personnel to make this massive undertaking a reality and to our many financial supporters who are making a difference.”

GHBA Financial Supporters
Newmark Homes
Holcomb Properties
Land Tejas Development Company
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church
Perry Homes Foundation
David Weekley Family Foundation
Brad Williams Family
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A writer and a photographer, Terry Swenson is GHBA's director of public relations.