NAHB Cares
Community Outreach and Charitable Activities

NAHB Cares encompasses the philosophy of community outreach activities conducted by builders and home builder associations across the nation. Each year, the home building industry contributes millions of dollars in cash, building materials, supplies, and countless volunteer hours to community charities through local community service projects.

Lee BIA Builders Care volunteers

Even in the face of the continuing economic downturn, home builders around the country put aside their challenges to help less fortunate members of their communities. Through their selfless acts of charity every day across the country, NAHB’s members are doing everything in their power to help others and preserve the American Dream of homeownership for those who are less fortunate.

NAHB also provides consumers and builders with resources to help them rebuild their homes and businesses in the NAHB Disaster Resources section.

Read about examples of some of the community service projects accomplished by local home builders.

Home Builders Industry Disaster Relief Fund Sedonia Watts


The Home Builders Industry Disaster Relief Fund (HBIDRF) was created by NAHB as a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization to assist areas affected by disaster in order to facilitate the rebuilding of communities.


Read about how an HBIDRF grant helped an individual left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. 


The HBIDRF makes funds available for direct contribution to other recognized charities aiming to meet similar needs as the HBIDRF, primarily for shelter needs. The HBIDRF does not make assistance available directly to individuals.


If your charity wants to apply for funding, you are encouraged to contact your local home builders association to determine if any partnering opportunities are available at this time. Charities must partner with an NAHB-affiliated home builders' association to apply for grants.   

  • Make a donation: Find out how to make a tax deductible gift to the HBIDRF online or by mail.
  • Grant awards: Learn more about the charities the HBIDRF has supported and how to apply for funds.
  • Apply for funds: Contact Jessica Lynch ( or Melissa Voorhees ( to request the HBIDRF Application Form. 


Helping Veterans Achieve the American Dream of Homeownership


This video depicts some of the many projects around the country where home builders donate labor, money and materials to provide homes for military veterans and their families.

Learn more about the organizations home builders associations have partnered with to help America's war heroes:

BSC’s Building Systems for Soldiers

War veteran's family

In recognition of the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military, NAHB’s Building Systems Councils (BSC) partners with Operation Finally Home to give deserving wounded veterans and their families a mortgage-free, systems-built home.

Watch a video: BSC Surprises Veteran Cody Nusbaum with a Mortgage-Free Home

Visit for details.


Touchdown for HomesTouchdown for Homes

Touchdown for Homes is a nationwide charitable outreach program of NAHB and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) that brings together local home builders’ associations and former NFL players to strengthen communities by building or renovating homes for veterans and families in need. 

Learn more at



NAHB's History of Helping in Times of Need


In response to Hurricane Katrina, NAHB established a relief fund to aid victims in the Gulf Coast states through the National Housing Endowment. A fund was also established after the December 2004 tsunami struck South Asia. NAHB partnered with Shelter for Life International and Habitat for Humanity International to build homes and establish a Disaster Response Technical Center in the region.

Another example was the creation of the Home Builders Care Victims’ Relief Fund in 2001 for the victims and families of the terrorist attacks of September 11. Within five months of establishing the fund, 5,000 members of the home building industry contributed $9.8 million, which was distributed to victims and their families.


How to help disaster victims:

Following a disaster, often the local home builders association collects donations through their 501c3 foundation in order to help the disaster victims as quickly as possible. If you would like to help the victims of a recent disaster, see below:

Yarnell Hill, Ariz., fires: The Home Builders Association of Central Arizona is collecting donations to rebuild and help the victims of the fires which took the lives of 19 brave firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots. Donate here.

Oklahoma tornados: If you wish to help the families impacted by the 2013 Oklahoma tornados with a donation, the charitable foundation of the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association (COHBA) in Oklahoma City is receiving monetary gifts. Checks can be made to “Oklahoma Home Builders Foundation” and mailed to P.O. Box 14005, Oklahoma City, OK 73113.

Hurricane Sandy: To get more information about donations, volunteering and status updates on Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts, visit the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts page on the New Jersey HBA website.


National Housing Endowment Builder Achievement Award for Outstanding Community Service

The National Housing Endowment Builder Achievement Award honored the community service programs of NAHB members.

Read stories about the winners.


National Housing Endowment Home Builders Care Community Service Project of the Year Award


From 2001 to 2006, NAHB and the National Housing Endowment annually recognized one home builders' association for outstanding community service. 


Read about the past honorees.


The award is now part of the Executive Officers Council Association Excellence Awards, which are presented at the EOC Seminar each summer. Projects or programs designed and developed to provide support and assistance to the community are eligible for the Best Community Service Project Conducted award. 



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