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.
NAHB’s History of Helping in Times of Need
- After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the Home Builders Care Victims’ Relief Fund was created in 2001 for the victims and their families. 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.
- A fund also was 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.
- In response to Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, NAHB established a relief fund to aid victims in the Gulf Coast states through the National Housing Endowment.
- NAHB also provides consumers and builders with resources to help them rebuild their homes and businesses in the Disaster Response section.
The Home Building Industry Disaster Relief Fund (HBIDRF) was established to assist areas affected by disaster in order to facilitate the rebuilding of communities.The HBIDRF makes funds available for direct contribution to other recognized charities aiming to meet similar needs as the HBIDRF, primarily for shelter needs.
HBAs Around the Country Are Committed to Community Service
Across the country, home builders are donating their time, talent, money and materials to provide homes for military veterans and their families. Home builders associations (HBAs) often team up with veterans’ group to deliver the dream of home ownership to deserving veterans.
HBAs are recognized for their commitment to community service through NAHB’s Association Excellence Awards – Best Community Service Project Conducted. Projects might include services in cases of natural disasters, support of local shelter care facilities or programs, improving housing for the disadvantaged, or partnering with other housing-related charitable organizations.